What is it about Katherine Mansfield that continues to capture the imagination? Is it her gamine figure and thoroughly modern bob? Is it the fact that she died so young, at only 34 with presumably many more stories in her left unwritten? Is it the idea of someone with such a proper upbringing would so fully embracing the literary, bohemian lifestyle? Is it the turbulent, drama-filled love life? Or is it even… the writing?
Whatever the reason there is no shortage of material about Mansfield (with a new book based on her camping journals in the Ureweras published earlier this year), so what better way to celebrate the 127th anniversary of her birth than with one of the following –
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For trivial me it’s all about the bob. Almost. It’s also about the wonderful portrait in Te Papa by Anne E. Rice of Mansfield “in that red, brick-red dress with flowers everywhere”. For literary me it’s about Mansfield being a great Modernist writer who rarely wastes a word. It’s also about her being the author of one of the most poignant lines in literature – “I seen the little lamp” – from The Doll’s House. Happy birthday Miss Mansfield.