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5. Katherine Mansfield


Of all the great writers in the world, Katherine Mansfield’s body of work is perhaps the slightest. Only three collections of her short stories were published during a life cut tragically short by tuberculosis, and two more came out posthumously.

When she died in 1923, the great “what if” question was on the minds of many critics. What if she had lived, they asked?

Both Bliss and Other Stories (1920) and The Garden Party and Other Stories (1922) were published to unreserved critical acclaim.

“She sees everything much more vividly that we do.,” “Reading her stories is like wandering at dusk through a garden we vaguely know, accompanied by a guide carrying a little searchlight. We know everything the guide points to, but we never saw it so clearly before.”

And when The Garden Party came out two years later, the Telegraph reviewer said that in Mansfield’s hands, “the English short story fulfils its perfect function – a single situation, an incident, even a fleeting impression, is suddenly irradiated with a suggestion of the inevitable, the universal”.

To observe Mansfield’s ability to clothe the ordinary in universal significance has become so commonplace it is easy to lose sight of how new and fresh it was when she first did it. Genius is often its own worst enemy because once the new ground has been broken, people take it for granted. Mansfield’s genius also has to compete with the unrelenting focus on her troubled private life and her struggle with tuberculosis, which led her on a restless, wandering quest in search of a cure. Added to that was her ambivalent relationship to the country of her birth. On one hand she found it intellectually and socially stultifying. On the other, she recognised it was part of her and she drew on her experiences in New Zealand for many of her stories.

In March 1922, as her life was ebbing away, she wrote a letter to her father that seems like a reconciliation with her homeland. “The more I see of life the more certain I feel that it’s the people who live remote from cities who inherit the earth,” she wrote. “London, for instance, is an awful place to live in … There’s no peace of mind – no harvest to be reaped out of it. “And another thing is the longer I live the more I turn to New Zealand. I thank God I was born in New Zealand. A young country is a real heritage, though it takes one time to recognise it. But New Zealand is in my very bones. What wouldn’t I give to have a look at it!”

Sadly her wish was never fulfilled. She died at Fontainebleu, Paris, a year later.

Travel to New Zealand. There is just so much to do make sure you allow plenty of time for your visit. You will find a diverse range of scenery and conditions from sub-tropical to a little colder down south particularly in the winter time. New Zealand can be enjoyed at a pace to suit every age group. Grab a cheap flight to New Zealand for a game of golf, Buy a map, hire a rental car, have an adventure and fill your lungs with the smog free air New Zealand has to offer. Accommodation from backpackers, bed and breakfast to luxury hotel. Take your New Zealand tour.