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The Diaries of Katherine Mansfield

Including Miscellaneous Works

Edited by Gerri Kimber, Claire Davison

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Resituates Katherine Mansfield as an observant diarist, chronicler of her times and erudite reader of English and European literatures

Previously only available as edited excerpts or as largely unedited transcriptions, Katherine Mansfield’s diaries and notebooks have been re-transcribed and minutely edited for the first time, and are presented in this volume with precise historical, cultural and biographical contextual information. The entries show Mansfield’s evolution as a writer as well as the impact of her era on early drafts of her mature writings. This volume also contains fascinating new material never previously published – poem-cycles, letters, Mansfield’s own illustrations, and the last materials she was working on in the final weeks of her life. A detailed index facilitates cross-reading and referencing for scholars and general readers alike.

Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and Textual Note
Chronology: Katherine Mansfield 1888–1923
Introduction
1901
1903
1904
1905
1906
1907
1908
1909
1910
1911
1912
1913
1914
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919
1920
1921
1922
1923
Miscellany
Appendix: Errata for vols 1-3.

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.

Claire Davison, Professor of Modernist Studies at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, is the current Chair of the French Virginia Woolf Society. She is the author of Translation as Collaboration – Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield and S. S. Koteliansky (2014) published by Edinburgh University Press, and the co-editor of Contemporary Woolf / Woolf contemporaine, Katherine Mansfield’s French Lives, and Volume Seven of the annual yearbook Katherine Mansfield Studies.

Reviews

This meticulously and expertly edited volume of Katherine Mansfield’s Diaries brings her personal writings to us in all their brilliance, vividness, wit and sadness. Through them, we can trace the development of the mind and sensibility of one of the most powerful writers of the twentieth century. A major achievement.

- University of Oxford, Laura Marcus

This transcription of the non-fiction parts of Mansfield’s Notebooks, meticulously edited and annotated by two of the world’s foremost Mansfield scholars, is both an indispensible academic tool and a delight to the common reader. Here is the writer at work in her own incomparably clever, sensitive and witty person.

- University of Auckland, C. K. Stead

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