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The Collected Fiction of Katherine Mansfield, 1898-1915 v. 1 (The Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield) (Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield Eup) Hardcover – 1 Oct 2012


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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press; annotated edition edition (1 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748642749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748642748
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 3.8 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,314,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The editors of the collected fiction are unstinting in their attention to detail, dating and biography. Their efforts give us a picture of an artist discovering what it is she wants to do to be different from the rest, to find a story and a way of telling it that will be hers and hers alone. --London Review of Books

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Gerri Kimber is an Associate Lecturer at The Open University. Vincent O'Sullivan, Professor Emeritus, Victoria University of Wellington, is the world's foremost Mansfield scholar and is President of the Katherine Mansfield Society.

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This is the first time that all Mansfield's fiction has been gathered together and published as she wrote it, and in chronological order. Previous collections have tended to be selective and they have often used versions of the stories edited by Katherine Mansfield's husband John Middleton Murry. Several more stories came to light while the editors were researching this edition - found by a PhD student in the archives of a magazine called the Adam Review. One of them illuminates the nineteen year old Mansfield's painful relationship with the young New Zealand musician Garnett Trowell. Pregnant with his child, forbidden to see him by his parents, she married a man she didn't love and left him on her wedding night. She was then sent to Germany (alone) by her parents to have a baby which was still-born. This 'little episode' maimed Mansfield profoundly and she was never really able to tell the truth about herself to anyone, not even her second husband. She may well have contracted the tuberculosis that eventually killed her at the German spa town her mother left her in. Most of Mansfield's fiction was written against a background of financial hardship, emotional turmoil and failing health. Yet she produced some of the greatest short fiction ever written - At the Bay, The Dolls House, The Garden Party. Now we have them as she wrote them - two volumes of the familiar and the unfamiliar collected together and annotated by two remarkable Mansfield scholars - Professor Vincent O'Sullivan, who was the co-editor of Mansfield's letters, and Dr Gerri Kimber, for whom Mansfield is a life-long passion.
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