Katherine Mansfield: Katherine Mansfield's Short Stories

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Katherine Mansfield (born Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp) is mainly known for her short stories, although she also wrote poetry, and her extensive Notebooks and Letters are a joy to read. Examining the latter gives us a deeper understanding of the stories and demonstrates how much she drew on her own life when she was writing; nonetheless, she successfully maintains an objective distance even when she is projecting a first-person narrator. From the start of her writing career Mansfield was aware of the need to cultivate multiple personalities. In a letter dated 24th April, 1906, she asks her cousin, Sylvia Payne: “Would you not like to try all sorts of lives – one is so very small – …

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Citation:
Oettli-van Delden, Simone. "Katherine Mansfield's Short Stories". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 September 2013
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