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Katherine Mansfield, the woman and the writer / Gillian Boddy.

By: Boddy, Gillian, 1944-.
Contributor(s): Mansfield, Katherine, 1888-1923 | Mansfield, Katherine, 1888-1923 [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Ringwood, Vic. : Penguin, 1988Description: xii, 325 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0140086323 (pbk.) :.Subject(s): Mansfield, Katherine, 1888-1923 | Mansfield, Katherine, 1888-1923 -- Biography | Authors, New Zealand -- 20th century -- Biography | Women authors -- Biography | Women authors, New Zealand -- 20th century -- Biography | Mansfield, Katherine | Authors, New Zealand -- Correspondence, reminiscences, etcDDC classification: NZ823.2
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Author is a New Zealander.

Includes index.

Bibliography: p. 317-320.

Includes index.

New Zealand author.

Includes a selection of Katherine Mansfield's short stories.

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A splendid addition to the already large volume of work on Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand's distinguished short-story writer, this study merits a place alongside Antony Alpers's The Life of Katherine Mansfield (CH, Jul '80) and Cherry Hankin's Katherine Mansfield and Her Confessional Stories (1983) as one of the essential books on that writer. It is the outcome of years of careful, thorough research, which has been admirably sifted and organized to maintain an even pace and an even balance throughout. The lasting impressions left by the book are its sense of proportion and its calm reasonableness. Boddy (Queen Margaret College, Wellington) has organized her material into four main sections: a biography and portrait of Mansfield, extracts from Mansfield's letters and journals that supplement the portrait, a thoughtful essay on Mansfield's stories, and a chronologically arranged selection from the stories. Throughout the book there is a marvelous assemblage of photographs of Katherine Mansfield and of the people and places important in her life. Boddy continues the demystification of Mansfield, offering instead of a myth a fully recognizable human being whom we can accept and respect even if we do not altogether like her. Mansfield was often a difficult and immature woman, but a woman of genius. It is always the genius who eludes us. Highly recommended for all libraries, community college through graduate.