Katherine Mansfield: Life, work and things you should know

Katherine-Mansfield

As 125th birthday of Katherine Mansfield, a Prominent Modernist and writer, is being celebrated with Google doodle, here are the few things we should know about her.

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Birth and death

Katherine Mansfield was born on the 14th of October 1888 in Wellington, New Zealand and passed away in Fontainebleau, France on the 9th of January 1923 at the age of 34.

She contracted Tuberculosis during the First World War and it is said that this have led to her death in 1923.

Family:

Katherine Mansfield were born into a powerful family, her father Harold Beauchamp, became the chairman of the Bank of New Zealand and was knighted. Her Grandfather Arthur was involved in politics and briefly represented the people of New Zealand in the New Zealand Parliament.

Katherine Mansfield’s earliest years already showed that she was a talented writer, her first published stories appeared in the High School Reporter and the Wellington Girls’ High School magazine.

Katherine Mansfield young

Friend and stay in UK:

She lived in New Zealand until she was 19 when she moved to the United Kingdom. Here she made friends with other prominent modernist writers like Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence. (Both very famous writers).

In her early years in the United Kingdom Katherine Mansfield followed a bohemian lifestyle. The term Bohemianism emerged in France in the early nineteenth century when artists and creators began to concentrate in the lower-rent, lower class, gypsy neighborhoods. Bohemian was a common term for the Romani people of France, who had reached Western Europe via Bohemia. She published only one story and one poem during her first 15 months in the UK.

Katherine Mansfield proved to have been a prolific writer in the final years of her life. Much of her work remained unpublished at her death, and Murray took on the task of editing and publishing it in two additional volumes of short stories (The Dove’s Nest in 1923 and Something Childish in in 1924), a volume of Poems, The Aloe, Novels and Novelists, and collections, letters and journals. 

Her famous work:

  • “Germans at Meat” (1911 from In a German Pension)
  • “The Woman At The Store” (1912)
  • “How Pearl Button Was Kidnapped” (1912)
  • “Millie” (1913)
  • “Something Childish But Very Natural” (1914)
  • “The Little Governess” (1915)
  • “Pictures” (1917)
  • “Feuille d’Album” (1917)
  • “A Dill Pickle” (1917)
  • “Je ne parle pas français” (1917)
  • “Prelude” (1918)
  • “An Indiscreet Journey” (1920)
  • “Bliss” (1920)
  • “Miss Brill” (1920)
  • “Psychology” (1920)
  • “Sun and Moon” (1920)
  • “The Wind Blows” (1920)
  • “Mr Reginald Peacock’s Day” (1920)
  • “Marriage à la Mode” (1921)
  • “The Voyage” (1921)
  • “Her First Ball” (1921)
  • “Mr and Mrs Dove” (1921)
  • “Life of Ma Parker” (1921)
  • “The Daughters of the Late Colonel” (1921)
  • “The Little Girl” (1912)
  • “The Stranger” (1921)
  • “The Man Without a Temperament” (1921)
  • “At The Bay” (1922)
  • “The Fly” (1922)
  • “The Garden Party” (1922)
  • “A Cup of Tea” (1922)
  • “The Doll’s House” (1922)
  • “A Married Man’s Story” (1923)
  • “The Canary” (1923)
  • “The Singing Lesson”
  • “An Ideal Family”
  • “Sixpence”

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