The Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield
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Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield by Vincent O'Sullivan
Book DescriptionThe fifth and final volume of the Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield covers the almost thirteen months during which her attention at first was firmly set on a last chance medical cure, then finally on something very different - if death came to seem inevitable, how should one behave in the time that remained, so one could truly say one lived? Mansfield's biographers, like her friends, have wondered at the seemingly extraordinary decision to ditch conventional medicine, for the bizarre choice of Gurdjieff's Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man at Fontainebleau. These letters show the clarity of mind and will that led to that decision, the courage and distress in making it, and the gaiety even once it was made. She went against what her education, her husband, and most of her friends would regard as reasonable, as she opted to spend her last months with Russian emigres and a strange assortment of Gurdjieff disciples (which she was not). But Fontainebleau give her the space and the incentive to shake free from the intellectualism that she thought the malaise of her time, as she worked at kitchen chores, took in the details of farm life, tried to learn Russian, and attempted to reach total honesty with herself. 'If I were allowed one simple cry to God,' she wrote in one of her last letters, that cry would be I want to be REAL.'
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198183990
(241mm x 162mm x 34mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Vincent O'Sullivan
Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield, Hardback (April 2016)
This is the first Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield, whose work is currently being reassessed and revitalised. These 4 volumes collect Mansfield's fiction, her non-fiction prose writings and her diaries, allowing readers to tease out the threads of a multi-faceted writer.
And So it is, Paperback (March 2016)
Hot on the heels of Being Here, O'Sullivan's capacious selected poems, which many chose as one of the poetry highlights of the year, comes a collection of 75 new poems. They show a mature poet, full of experience, still with the capacity to dazzle.
Being Here, Hardback (April 2015)» View all books by Vincent O'Sullivan
Surveys the entire span of Vincent O'Sullivan's poetry, from Bearings (1973) to new poems first published in this volume. On display is the full range of the wit, intellectual agility and arresting beauty of one of New Zealand literature's finest poets.
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Author Biography - Vincent O'Sullivan
Vincent O'Sullivan was Professor of English at Victoria University, Wellington, from 1988 until his retirement in 2003, and for his last four years was also Director of the Stout Research Centre. As well as being an academic, he has worked as a journalist, and published widely as a poet, novelist, short story writer, biographer, and playwright. Margaret Scott was Manuscripts Librarian at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, where she discovered a talent for penetrating the almost illegible handwriting of Katharine Mansfield manuscripts. As well as transcribing The Collected Letters, she produced a two-volume edition of The Katharine Mansfield Notebooks. She is currently working on an edition of the diaries of the New Zealand poet, Charles Brasch.
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