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The Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield: Volume IV: 1920-1921 by Katherine Mansfield

The Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield: Volume IV: 1920-1921

Part of the Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield Series


The Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield: Volume IV: 1920-1921 by Katherine Mansfield

The letters is this volume cover the eighteen months katherine Mansfield spent in England, France, and Switzerland from May 1920 to the end of 1921. It is the period of her finest stories, and when her life took its most decisive turn. There is a subtle but unmistakable change in her expectations, a new 'spiritual' insistence that is both elusive and resolute. From her Chekovian acceptance that 'they are cutting down the cherry trees' she derives a tough existential directness: 'the little boat enters the dark, fearful gulf...Nobody listens. The shadowy figure rows on. One ought to sit still and uncover one's eyes.' There is a determined push - not always successful - towards a necessary honesty, as much as to artistic achievement; while those qualities of her earlier correspondence remain undiminished - the precision and directness, the intelligence and wit, the dark incisiveness as much as sheer fun. Above all, perhaps, these letters comprise a record of very considerable courage, against increasingly adverse odds, as they approach the final years of her life.


The editors Vincent O'Sullivan and Margaret Scott have made the material very accessible to those not familiar with Katherine Mansfield's life and work with helpful editorial notes, while fragments from her notebooks and recipients
letters provide the necessary context to these colourful and dramatic letters

. * English Studies, vol.78, no.5, September 1997 *

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Publication date

28th March 1996


Katherine Mansfield

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Clarendon Press an imprint of Oxford University Press


392 pages


Autobiography: general
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: from c 1900 -



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