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The Poetry and Critical Writings of Katherine Mansfield

Edited by Gerri Kimber, Angela Smith



Katherine Mansfield’s non-fiction collected in one volume for the first time

This volume redefines Katherine Mansfield as a critic, translator and poet. Bringing together all of Mansfield’s poetry (some 179 poems and several songs), her literary translations (including letters by Anton Chekhov as well as those of Dostoevsky to his wife), her witty, sometimes scorching, parodies and pastiches, her imaginative aphorisms, her many incisive and heartfelt reviews of the novels of the day, and her essays, including those for the little magazine, Rhythm, this collection attests to the enormous variety and distinctiveness of the non-fiction writing that Mansfield produced, some of it unpublished until this edition.

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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.

Angela Smith is an emeritus professor of the University of Stirling where she was Director of the Centre of Commonwealth Studies. She has published widely on colonial and postcolonial writing and is the author of Katherine Mansfield: A Literary Life (Palgrave 2000) and Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf: A Public of Two (Clarendon Press 1999) as well as the editor of Katherine Mansfield: Selected Stories (Oxford World's Classics, 2002).


Assembled by two of the leading authorities on Mansfield’s work, this will be the definitive collection of her non-fictional writings for a long time to come. Newly discovered poems and prose sketches take their place alongside more familiar pieces as Mansfield the professional writer is at long last revealed in all her engaging and rich abundance.

- Professor David Bradshaw, Oxford University
[A] hugely impressive achievement, which sheds new light on the verse, as well as the full range of Mansfield’s aphoristic, parodic, and journalistic narratives.
- Modern Literature

It is not possible here, unfortunately, to outline the vast number of literary affiliations, connections, resonances, interests, and passions that emerge from this volume, enlarging our understanding of Mansfield and of the wider literary and historical contexts within which she worked. For Mansfield scholars and for those working in related fields, this volume is quite simply indispensable.

- Isobel Maddison, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, The Modern Language Review, Vol. 112, No. 2

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