Tag Archives: Katherine Mansfield

48 Hours In Wellington

48 Hours In Wellington

Wellington “is a small city and practically everything in the downtown district is in a straight line between the mountains that rise to the west and the bay to the east,” writes Christopher Beanland…

Katherine Mansfield’s Inscrutability Intrigues

Katherine Mansfield’s Inscrutability Intrigues

In the acclaimed biography La Vida Breve di Katherine Mansfield, written by famed Italian literary critic and author Pietro Citati, the New Zealand-born writer’s stories are described as having the special quality of “distance”….

Unknown Katherine Mansfield Poems Found in Chicago Library

Unknown Katherine Mansfield Poems Found in Chicago Library

Nearly 30 unknown poems by Katherine Mansfield have been discovered in Chicago’s Newberry Library, giving fresh insight into the writer’s most painful and difficult period, the evidence for which she had later destroyed. Gerri Kimber,…

Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf’s Powerful Partnership

Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf’s Powerful Partnership

Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf are included in a list of literary “titans” who banded together as penpals whilst they produced the classics. “Before Woolf was lionised she shared an unlikely friendship with a New…

Feel Write at Home in Mansfield’s Menton Cottage

Feel Write at Home in Mansfield’s Menton Cottage

Katherine Mansfield’s home in Menton, France is included in a Vanity Fair article about staying in places where “literary idols dashed off their masterpieces”. Included alongside Virginia Woolf’s Sussex country house; John Keats’ Old Mill…

Mansfield, Hulme, Frame – Literary Wizards

Mansfield, Hulme, Frame – Literary Wizards

With the Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan announced as this year’s Booker winner – last year, was our own, Eleanor Catton – the Irish Times brings you “10 great novels from Down Under”. Three authors from…

Lorde Expressing Existential Emotions Beyond Her Years

Lorde Expressing Existential Emotions Beyond Her Years

Lorde “comes from a land of pioneering women with sometimes perverse perspectives, from the writers Katherine Mansfield and Keri Hulme to the filmmaker Jane Campion,” Los Angeles Magazine contributor Evelyn McDonnell writes in a…

Chatting up Katharine Mansfield

Chatting up Katharine Mansfield

“I like the New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield, who according to Virginia Woolf smelt like a civet cat and had a hard, cheap face, and who was the only contemporary writer of whom she…

Mansfield Had Something to Say and Said It Uncommonly Well

Mansfield Had Something to Say and Said It Uncommonly Well

A 1922 review of Katherine Mansfield’s The Garden Party and Other Stories is pulled “from the stacks” of a New Republic back issue. “It is necessary to read no more than two or three…

Katherine Mansfield Interacts with Google

Katherine Mansfield Interacts with Google

Google commemorated the birthday of writer Katherine Mansfield on 14 October with an interactive doodle on its homepage, marking the 125th anniversary of the New Zealander’s death in Fontainebleau, France, aged 34. The first

Vivid Encounters with Insects in Glass Wings

Vivid Encounters with Insects in Glass Wings

“It takes just four lines for ‘Alumnae Notes’ to transport us first to the schoolgirl in 40s New Zealand and then to her literary exile in London: ‘Beautiful Ataneta Swainson is dead….

Anniversary of Death, Memories of Love

Anniversary of Death, Memories of Love

“This year marks the 90th anniversary of the death of Katherine Mansfield, who was famous for her short stories, sexual ambiguity and string of lovers,” Adam Sonin writes for the Hampstead…

Wonderful Piece of Theatre

Wonderful Piece of Theatre

New Zealand playwright Catherine Downes’ The Case of Katherine Mansfield, which was on in Glebe as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival, “is a simply wonderful piece of theatre — the kind that makes you…

Mansfield Stories Uncovered

Mansfield Stories Uncovered

Four previously unknown stories written more than a century ago by Katherine Mansfield have been discovered by Chris Mourant, 23, a PhD student at King’s College London. Any new material by Mansfield, who had…

What They’re Reading

What They’re Reading

Katherine Mansfield’s 1918 story Je Ne Parles Pas Français is included in the New Yorker’s ‘What We’re Reading’ column, a selection of notes from the staff on their literary engagements of the week. Andrew Mantz writes:…

Discovering Mansfield’s poetry

Discovering Mansfield’s poetry

Katherine Mansfield’s poem The Candle is the Guardian’s ‘Poem of the Week’. “Mansfield is rightly praised for her short stories,” Carol Rumens. “As a poet, however, she is virtually forgotten — ignored even —…

Ideal weather for tea

Ideal weather for tea

Katherine Mansfield’s 1922 short story The Garden Party provides summery inspiration for Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel writer Kristyna Wentz-Graff who includes recipes for making club sandwiches, date scones and pavlova as part of a monthly…

Coastal reflections

Coastal reflections

On March 1910 Katherine Mansfield arrived at the English seaside town of Rottingdean in Sussex where she took a room above the local grocer. While Mansfield craved library books “the sun shone and the…

Kezia comes alive

Kezia comes alive

Katherine Mansfield’s Prelude and Carnation are amongst four of the writer’s short stories adapted for theatre and performed by Toronto’s Theatre Smith-Gilmour, celebrated for their stage adaptations of Chekhov. The Mansfield…

No ordinary life

No ordinary life

A new book about London literary marriages features NZ author Katherine Mansfield and her second husband, John Middleton Murry. Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life in London Literary Circles (1910-1939) by…

“A Little Savage From New Zealand”

“A Little Savage From New Zealand”

A Telegraph review of Penguin’s Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield celebrates the influential author’s short yet remarkable life. Born in Wellington in 1888, Mansfield made a strong and lasting impression on the London literary…

The Life and Writings of Katherine Mansfield

The Life and Writings of Katherine Mansfield

A short documentary on the life and writings of Katherine Mansfield

“A Country Waiting to be Explored”

“A Country Waiting to be Explored”

South Africa’s Cape Times features a travel special on NZ, with a focus on Auckland and Wellington. ” is not difficult to see what makes NZ attractive, both as a holiday destination and a potential new…

A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun

Granta editor, Ian Jack, writes about Katherine Mansfield’s convalescence in Menton for the Guardian. Menton, a resort town on the French Riviera, was renowned for its curative sea air in the early 20th century….

Handled with Care

Handled with Care

Mansfield, C.K Stead’s fictional account of the life of Katherine Mansfield, received warmly in the Independent. “Any novelisation of this kind is a daunting task, with readers either knowing too much, or too little….

Stead’s dazzling portrait

Stead’s dazzling portrait

CK Stead’s novel about Katherine Mansfield succeeds on several levels, portraying Mansfield as human, flawed, in love, highly intelligent and excited about her career. He believes that what is important is the life and…

Colonial bad girl

Colonial bad girl

Claire Tomalin reminisces about the fascinating subject of her 1987 biography, Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life. “Mansfield has often been seen as one of the bad girls of literature. And it’s true that she…

Illness in body, not in mind

Illness in body, not in mind

In reviewing The Selected Letters of D.H Lawrence, Straits Times writer Richard Lim refers to Katherine Mansfield who, like Lawrence, suffered and eventually died from tuberculosis. Said Mansfield of her illness, “…even my present…

Postcard-spotting?

Postcard-spotting?

Lynn Barber leaves the trains at home and follows the postcard route through godzone, finds it to be “truly paradise” but also close to 100% boring. “To appreciate NZ you need to be all the things…

Legacy of Letters

Legacy of Letters

LA Times special focuses on Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington. “Considered one of the 20th century’s finest short story writers” – and the only one to make Virginia Woolf jealous – Mansfield has remained…

A Russian soul

A Russian soul

Joanna Wood’s “beautifully written” biography of “short story master” Katherine Mansfield, Katerina: The Russian World of Katherine Mansfield, details the New Zealand-born writer’s lifelong passion for everything Russian: “She liked to wear Russian clothes,…

Thought for Today

Thought for Today

“I do believe one ought to face facts. If you don’t they get behind you and may become terrors, nightmares, giants, horrors. As long as one faces them one is top dog.” –

Fusion Capital

Fusion Capital

The Independent takes a tour through the capital’s cultural collage: fusion cooking, Te Papa, cafes, Mansfield, transexual MPs, colonial history and Pacific awakenings, and finds in the cosmopolitan brew that “It is hard to know which flavour…

Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield

Student Resource: study ideas, questions and activities (pdf) ‘I believe the greatest failing of all is to be frightened.’ Katherine Mansfield, letter to John Middleton Murry, 18 October 1920 Katherine Mansfield revolutionised the 20th…

Peerless Mansfield in Chicago

Peerless Mansfield in Chicago

Katherine Mansfield’s intricate and beautiful stories continue to resonante around the world. “The New Zealand-born Mansfield, who died in 1923 at 34, was a peerless observer of the tiny spaces between joy and…

Canary Breaks Free of its Textual Cage in Mansfield Adaptation

Canary Breaks Free of its Textual Cage in Mansfield Adaptation

A short story by Katherine Mansfield “The Canary” has been adapted for the theatre by Walk About Theatre Company in Chicago.

Edmund Hillary

Edmund Hillary

Ed Hillary stepped up from this land on 11 January 2008, aged 88. This story of him is the most popular of the nzedge.com Legends, (Ernest…