But warm eager iving ife to be rooted in Good Thinking life toearn to desire to know to feel to think to act That is what I want And nothing Death in Mumbai less That is what I must try for It s hard to evaluate theseetters and journals from KM since they were selected by John Middleton Murry who destroyed writings that didn t fit his own idea of what KM s Baccarat : La lgende du cristal legacy should be Noteast
they play down her ambiguous relationship with JMM himself her flirtations play down her ambiguous relationship with JMM himself her flirtations affairs but also perhaps the extent to which they failed each other In that sense it s worth reading these extracts alongside a biography What comes through is KM s ovely writing as well as a somewhat mediated image of her as a tragic heroine and I can t help thinking how that reflects on JMM himself as I suspect he did What we don t really find here is the KM who could also be malicious and spiteful who raged who whined at times who felt entitled to than she hadThe journals are a mixture of diary entries along with jottings for her fiction unposted etters thoughts on her reading At times we can trace ideas and images that make their way into her stories Most importantly we get
strong sense voice KM is always characterful and even when she s suffering in pain at her most vulnerable there s a coolly analytical side of her that we can feel watching ready to use this material in her work I just wish we had access to her journals in original unmediated form i read this for the same reason i read Short Stories i m writing a comparative essay on gertrude stein s objects and needed another author to well compare the March Violets (Bernie Gunther, link in my head was oress i read mansfield s the garden party years ago and nothing happened there except characters talking about a hat a hat is an object objects are what i need bami m very happy my mind gave those conceptuals sommersaults my essay is very happy too even though at the moment it is closer to a theoretical frankenstein s monster than an actual essay because mansfield was perfect for the job reading this was almost infuriating whenever i needed a uote for a certain point she would make it in either a Zoete tranen letter or a journal entry i never stopped taking notes even when the time period was noonger applicable to my essay s focus it s world war one if anyone s interested it also gave me the best memories of my time reading The Life And Letters Of John Keats years ago actually around the time i read mansfield for the first time the fact that they both died at a very young age at the prime of their artistic careers and from the same illness did certainly help to make the Water Music link A precious glimpse into the thoughts of a woman euipped with an immense gift for creative reflection This book poetically reminded me how fleeting and shortife is and the importance of Revived love and art You will find bits of yourself in this book as a woman and as an artistwriter She also philosophically and at times humorously shared her reflections on the great books she was reading I was able to add some new gems to my readingist and begin to reflect on my own artistic endeavours in a new Student Research Projects in Calculus light This is probably the first time that I have read an author s diaryautobiography before reading any of theiriterary works It was uite an interesting experience as although I d heard of Katherine Mansfield I had no idea of her writing style or subject matter Despite this I really enjoyed this book It was a compila. 'Now now I want to write recollections of my own country Yes I want to write about my own country till I simply exhaust my store Not only because it is a sacred debt that I pay to my country because my brother and I were born there but also because in my thoughts I range with him over all the remembered places I am never far away from them I ong to renew them in writing' In numerous etters and journals Katherine Mansfield recorded her feelings thoughts and observations about writing about the New Zealand of her childhood the Europe of her ater years. ,a strong sense
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Doing much the same in both her journal and A Heart of Stone letters There aren t that many entries when you feel she s not wearing a mask of some kind and reading her words is a bitike playing hide and seek with her
She S A Chameleon Has A Differents a chameleon has a different for each of her correspondents Some Of These Individuals Like Virginia these individuals ike Virginia inspire her others seem to bring out a sentimental fakery in her You can t help wishing she and Woolf had exchanged a whole volume of etters There are beautiful inspired passages and there are rather boring passages too I first read this when I was very young and ravenous to know about her As much as anything it showed me how much I ve changed in the intervening years my former wild hearted adulation has hardened into sober respect The Language and Linguistics last fifty pages or so when she knows she is going to die are heartbreaking I remain convinced she would have rivalled Virginia Woolf had sheived another ten years Mansfield s husband apparently transcribed dated and published almost all he could find of her Divertimento letters and journals after her premature death from TB in 1923 somewhat against her reuest This selection from thearge corpus has been made by C K Stead so it reflects his preferences He notes that he has included Love Is a Fairy Tale less of her emotional writing because he didn t feel it was her best It s hard not to wonder what you re missing out on when reading this bookAnyway what you do have in it is a series of reflections oniving and writing crafted by a brilliant woman struggling with her work her relationships and her health Her sensibilities are timeless and the crisp clarity of the Promise at Dawn language makes even the most uotidienetter feel fresh All of this book is wonderful to read even though Mansfield suffers and strugglesMansfield wrote a ot about writing and returns often to the same themes her need to become the subject she writes about her reuirement that writing be edited to the point where not one word can be cut and her struggle to do the abour of writing down her stories once they have formed in her mind I think many writers will empathiseAs well as her own work she reflected on that of authors such as Dostoevsky Tolstoy Joyce and especially of Chekhov One of her most interesting notes on him says he made a mistake in thinking that if he had had time he would have written fully described the rain and the doctor and the midwife and the doctor having tea The truth is one can only get so much in a story there is always a sacrifice It s always a kind of race to get in as much as one can before it disappearsShe also wrote about authors she knew personally such as Virginia Woolf and DH Lawrence who she had a very turbulent friendship with She is often fiercely critical of his behaviour and his work but towards the end of her Bangkok Wakes to Rain life she wrote positively saying even what one objects to is a sign ofife in him This was my first contact with KM and I fell in The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery love with her She had such a tragicife yet managed to pack so much into it Visiting her home in Wellington NZ and understanding where she came from was a fantastic thing to have done as it put her Darkmere life into a very different perspective She is buried near Fontainebleau south of Paris Her writing is so accessible and her descriptions so vivid Her shortife was interesting as she was very much an individual personality but her ife was shortened through her own foolishness and stubbornness. N 1986 to write full timeHe has won a number of awards including the New Zealand Book Award for both poetry and fiction and the MansfieldMenton Fellowship He was awarded a CBE in 1985 for services to NZ Literature elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1995 and Honorary Visiting Fellow at St John's College Oxford in 1996 He spends about nine months of the year at home in New Zealand writing and travels to the UK and Europe and sometimes to the US during the northern hemisphere summer His recent novel Mansfield is his tenth work of ficti. Tion of diary entries Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den letters Mansfield had written to various recipients and also her poems I m still not sure howikeable Mansfield was as a person but her ife was definitely uite interestingMansfield s sentences Were Beautiful And Poetic At beautiful and poetic at especially the ones depicting nature She travelled uite widely and it seems what she iked to do than anything was The Eric Carle Gift Set look outside the window The wind withight faint footfalls walks over the sea the water rings against the shore Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century like a bell striking softly I found Mansfield to be brave and adventurous Sheived at the beginning of the 20th Century yet seems to have been uite a progressive woman I feel that I do now realise dimly what women in the future will be capable of They truly as yet have never had their chance Talk of our enlightened days and our emancipated country pure nonsense We are firmly held with the self fashioned chains of slavery Throughout the collection she is witty passionate and acerbic at times For example these are her thoughts on French cuisine How much better than these thrifty French whose flower gardens are nothing but potential salad bowls There s not a Fashion Design Course leaf in France that you can t faire une infusion avec not a blade that isn t bon poura cuisine It was interesting to read her thoughts on Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, literature She was a great reader She also personally knew aot of famous writers For example she was a friend of DH Lawrence and the character of Gudrun in Lawrence s Women in Love a book which I really disliked was supposedly modelled after MansfieldMansfield was also very honest she was about her dislike for various writers and their works Take for example what she said about George Bernard Shaw There s no getting over
IT HE S A KIND OFhe s a kind of in the house of Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga literature sits in a glass case sees everything knows everything examines theetters cleans the stairs but has no part in the Cincinnati and Other Plays life that is going on ouchShe also gives some advice to those people who want to read James Joyce s Ulysses About Joyce Don t read it unless you are going to really worry about it It s no joke It s fearfully difficult and obscure and one needs to have a really vivid memory of the Odyssey and of Englishiterature to make it out at all It is wheels within wheels within wheels A very enjoyable read I didn t really know too much about Katherine Mansfield until earlier this year when I noticed that her name kept cropping up in books I was reading Then a book group that I participate in picked the book Mansfield by CK Stead which is a fictionalised account of Katherine s Speak Out! life to read one month I wasn t entirely sure about that book please see my post HERE but it is only since reading the Letters and Journals that a few pieces have slotted into place Katherine Mansfield was originally from New Zealand but spent aot of her time in England and France where she felt that she completed all of her best writing She became famous mainly for her short stories but also for her friendships with other I Like You the Best literary persons such as DH Lawrence and V Maybe I should have better started with one of her novels In this I found her often annoying NonFictionChallenge translated I once tried to keep a journal What I found was that often than not I was embellishing and embroidering I wasn t being particularly honest It wasike I was correcting my experiences rather than recounting them Often I had the sense KM was. The people she encountered the every day and the extraordinary This classic selection the only one available that combines material from both her The collectors encyclopedia of antique marbles letters and journals brings together the pieces that most illuminate her character herife and her stories Chosen by renowned scholar and acclaimed writer CK Stead they are a ively and informative entree to one of our most gifted writersABOUT THE EDITOR Well known New Zealand novelist poet critic Karl Stead was for 20 years Professor of English at the University of Auckland until he took early retirement .