If you have opened your email recently you may have found some material on New Zealand short story writer Katherine Mansfield. So who was she?
Katherine Mansfield is a qualified national icon. As an expatriate writing in London and reflecting European movements of thought, she had little connection with early New Zealand writing, which accorded her little recognition. Her work offers a rich account of a modern woman’s engagement with love, art, solitude, impending death and war. Mansfield died at Fontainebleau in 1923, a few weeks before the publication of The Garden Party and Other Stories, which confirmed her place among the Modernists of her generation. The establishment of the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Awards in 1959 indicated growing recognition, as did the Mansfield Memorial Fellowship in 1970. Only then, fifty years after her death, did New Zealand imaginative writing begin to engage with this complex figure in the country’s cultural history.
Read more at the NZ Book Council site.