Katherine Mansfield: A Darker View

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Cooper Square Press, Feb 11, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 344 pages
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The works of Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), one of England's most gifted short story writers, have influenced over eight decades of writers. A friend to Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, and Bertrand Russell, Mansfield left a literary legacy collected in The Garden Party, In a German Pension, and numerous anthologies. Biographies appearing after her death idealized her, but Meyers sets the record straight in his assessment of the author's life and career, revealing a woman with a self-destructive disdain for convention and respectability. Born and raised in New Zealand, Mansfield threw herself into several love affairs with men and women before living with literary critic John Middleton Murray. Meyers chronicles their tempestuous relationship (one that mixed abuse with devotion) and the years she fought a losing battle with tuberculosis.
 

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Katherine Mansfield: a darker view

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Mansfield's short, unhappy life is dissected in this 1978 title. Meyers, whose biographies tend to focus on his subject's shortcomings, has a field day with Mansfield, whose life seemed to be one ... Read full review

Contents

Childhood 18881902
1
Queens College 19031906
13
Return to New Zealand 19071908
21
Disorder and Early Sorrow 19081909
36
Orage and The New Age 19101911
53
Murry Rhythm and Bohemia 1912
61
Friendship with D H Lawrence 19131923
78
Koteliansky and Carco 19131915
105
Chelsea and Return to Bandol 19161918
149
Cornwall and Hampstead 19181919
168
Ospedaletti and Menton 19191921
186
Switzerland and Paris 19211922
218
Gurdjieff 19221923
238
Murrys Cult of Katherine
253
Notes
263
Select Bibliography
295

Leslie Bandol and Prelude 19151916
119
Garsington and Bloomsbury 19161917
130

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Jeffrey Meyers is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and the author of Scott Fitzgerald: A Biography, Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Legacy, Joseph Conrad: A Biography, Hemingway: Life into Art, and Gary Cooper: An American Hero, (all available from Cooper Square Press), in addition to biographies of Humphrey Bogart, D. H. Lawrence, Edmund Wilson, and George Orwell. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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