A new biography of Katherine MansfieldGÇÖs formative years illustrated with photographs never published before.
Focusing on the first 20 years of Katherine MansfieldGÇÖs life, from her birth in 1888 to her final departure from New Zealand in 1908, this biography reveals the importance of MansfieldGÇÖs childhood and adolescent years to her development as a writer and offers unique insights into her New Zealand stories.
Gerri Kimber draws on detailed reminiscences of MansfieldGÇÖs former school friends and acquaintances, early letters, personal papers, notebooks and family papers as well as on previously unused archive material and photographs. Kimber illuminates MansfieldGÇÖs home life and school days, her friendships, first infatuations and sexual experimentation both with young men and young women and reveals the effect MansfieldGÇÖs experiences had on her earliest stories. What emerges is a fascinating picture of a feisty and imaginative young girl who would turn into an expressive, non-conformist adolescent: the unruly Kass Beauchamp who would become Katherine Mansfield, the celebrated modernist writer.
Illustrated with more than 120 photographs.