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Katherine Mansfield - The Early Years

Gerri Kimber

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The first biography of Katherine Mansfield’s early years since 1933

Focusing on the first nineteen years of Katherine Mansfield’s life, from her birth in 1888 to her arrival in London in 1908 to be a writer, this new biography sheds new light on Mansfield’s childhood and teenage years as well as on her development as a writer.

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Foreword by C. K. Stead
1. Ancestors
2. Harold and Annie Beauchamp
3. 11 Tinakori Road: 1888-1893
4. Chesney Wold, Karori: 1893-1898
5. Back to Thorndon: 75 Tinakori Road, 1898-1903
6. Queen’s College, London: 1903-1906
7. Thorndon: 1906-1908

About the Author

Gerri Kimber, Visiting Professor in the Department of English at the University of Northampton, is co-editor of the annual yearbook Katherine Mansfield Studies, and Chair of the Katherine Mansfield Society. She is the deviser and Series Editor of the four-volume Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield (2016) and the author of Katherine Mansfield: The View from France, and A Literary Modernist: Katherine Mansfield and the Art of the Short Story.


Gerri Kimber is to be congratulated on her meticulous research: her illuminating, elegantly written account of Katherine Mansfield's early years will give scholars and literary enthusiasts alike far greater understanding and appreciation of Mansfield's mature work.

- Professor Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Patron of the Katherine Mansfield Society
The details and research covered by Gerri, make the character of Katherine come alive. Just reading the many snippets that are contained in this book will certainly promote an interest in Katherine Mansfield, and place her name among those great writers in history.
- Blue Wolf Reviews
This is surely a book of which Mansfield would have approved...her meticulous work navigates easily between the macro- and microscopic.
- Aimee Gasston, New Zealand Studies Network

[A] shrewdly sympathetic account of Mansfield’s early years.

[A] sensitive portrait of a vital, contrary young woman, still locked in a love-hate relationship with the country and family which she would come to celebrate in fiction.

- Elizabeth Lowry, Times Literary Supplement

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