Katherine Mansfield and London: a troubled love story
Throughout her teenage years, the brilliant New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield dreamed of living in ‘wizard London’, for her the centre of the artistic and literary worlds she longed to join. Her subsequent experiences in the city were among the most intense of her life, if not the happiest. Claire Harman looks at Mansfield’s writing in and about London, and the unique Modernist and colonial perspective she brought to her understanding of it.
Claire Harman is the author of biographies of Sylvia Townsend Warner, Fanny Burney, Robert Louis Stevenson and Charlotte Bronte, a true-crime literary whodunnit, Murder by the Book, and Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World. She has been awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys prize for biography, the Forward Prize for poetry and the Tom-Gallon Award for short fiction and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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