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This review is from: Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life (Paperback)
Absolutely fascinating and as usual brilliantly written and thoroughly researched by Tomalin.
I have read some of her other literary biographies (Austen, Hardy and Dickens) and I particularly like the way she approaches the subject dispassionately with an open mind. Some other biographers seem to have fixed ideas about their subject which they then attempt to justify. You never get this impression with Tomalin. She is able to be objective, but at the same time you feel you get to know the character intimately.
She does not hold back from exposing some of the more unpleasant sides of Mansfield's character, yet she is also compassionate and understanding about the situation she found herself in.
Thoroughly recommended if you're interested in the period.