Katherine Mansfield “ I want, by understanding myself, to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming.” -Katherine Mansfield
Why She's Important
New style of writing coupled with an unconventional lifestyle.
Influence on several authors and the literature of her time and there after.
Popularity of her writing affected the mindset of those in her time.
Katherine was born on October 14 th 1888 in Wellington, New Zealand, into a Middle-Class Colonial family.
One Brother and Three Sisters
Her first story was published when she was nine years old.
Higher Education and Interests
Wellingtons Girl's College
Miss Swainson’s private school in Fitzherbert Terrace.
Queen's College in England
Published several stories and articles for the school newspaper
Changed name to
Met Ida Baker
Moved back to England
Wanted to pursue writing
Only published one poem
and one story.
Known for having several relationships in a short period of time
Liked both men and women
Several Sexual Partners
Contracted a Sexually Transmitted Disease
Met, married, and left George Bowden all within a three week period
Cheated on Him with Garnet Trowell
Had a Miscarriage
Bavaria reopens her creativity and she begins writing again.
Anton Chekhov had an immense short term effect on her writing style.
The New Age Magazine
The German Pension
Wrote The Woman at the Store for Rhythm Magazine
John took up as a tenant in her home and they became lovers
Struggled with magazine and ended up bankrupt.
Affairs, separations , illness and hardship claimed their married lives.
Katherine's health forces them to move around.
Meeting John Middleton Murry
Diagnosed with Tuberculosis
Moved around constantly trying to find relief from TB
Living separately from John, and living with Ida Baker “her wife”
Most productive writing period of her life
Gurdjieff’s Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man at Avon
Seeking the Cure
Done seeking unorthodox cures for her Tuberculosis she stayed at Gurdjieff’s Institute
On January 9, 1923, at the age of 34 Mansfield suffered a fatal pulmonary haemorrhage, after running up a flight of stairs to show Murry how well she was on one of his rare visits.
The German Pension,The Woman At The Store, How Pearl Button Was Kidnapped, Millie, Something Childish But Very Natural, The Little Governess, Pictures, Feuille d'Album, A Dill Pickle, Je ne parle pas francais,The Aloe, Prelude, And Indiscreet Journey,Bliss, Miss Brill, Psychology, Sun and Moon, The Wind Blows, Mr Reginald Peacock's Day, Marriage a la Mode, The Voyage, Her First Ball, Mr and Mrs Dove, Life of Ma Parker, The Daughters of Late Colonel, The Stranger, The Man Without a Temperament, At The Bay, The Fly, The Garden Party, A Cup of Tea, The Doll's House, A Married Man's Story, The Canary, The Singing Lesson, An Ideal Family
A Few of Her Works
Works Cited www.katherinemansfield.net http://www.natlib.govt.nz/collections/highlighted-items/katherine-mansfield http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/kmansfi.htm "Katherine Mansfield:1888 - 1923 - A Biography". Katharinemansfield.com. http://www.katherinemansfield.com/mansfield/.