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In , Mansfield met John Middleton Murry, a Socialist and former literary critic, who was first a tenant in her flat, then her lover. Of her relationship with Murray she is often quoted as saying, "The pleasure of reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books. Mansfield and Murray became closely associated with D. Lawrence and his wife Frieda.

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Her life and work were changed forever with the death of her brother, a soldier, during World War I. She was shocked and traumatized by the experience, so much so that her work began to take refuge in the nostalgic reminiscences of their childhood in New Zealand.


During these years, she also formed an important professional friendship with Virginia Woolf , who later claimed that her writing was "the only writing I have ever been jealous of". Although Mansfield continued writing between her first and second collections "Prelude," , she rarely published her work, and sank into depression. Her health declined further after a near-fatal attack of pleurisy, after learning that she had contracted tuberculosis in It was while combating the disease in health spas across Europe, and suffering a serious hemorrhage in , that Mansfield began writing the works for which she would become best known.

Mansfield spent her last years seeking increasingly unorthodox cures for her tuberculosis.

Katherine Mansfield's Letters To John Middleton Murry 1913-1922

In February , she consulted the Russian physician Ivan Manoukhin. His "revolutionary" treatment, which consisted of bombarding her spleen with x-rays, which caused Mansfield to develop heat flashes and numbness in her legs. Frank Lloyd Wright. While at Fontainebleau, Mansfield continued to write despite her failing health.

After publishing an additional two volumes, one of poetry, and the other short stories, Mansfield suffered a fatal pulmonary hemorrhage in January Her last words are recorded to be: "I love the rain. I want the feeling of it on my face. Over the course of her life, Mansfield published numerous works, including short stories, poems, and novels. Her close friend, John Middleton Murry, played an extremely influential role not only editing her work, but in creating ideas for it as well. Until , she published stories in Rhythm and The Blue Review.

During the war she traveled restlessly between England and France , where she wrote Prelude in , one of her most famous stories. This story was written after her brother, "Chummie," died in World War I. While she had only met him in , Mansfield tried to focus her writing on New Zealand and her family in his honor. Discouraged by the lack of success of her previous works, Mansfield submitted a lightweight story to a new avant-garde magazine called Rhythm.

The story was rejected by editor John Middleton Murry, who requested something darker.

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Mansfield responded with The Woman at the Store, a tale of murder and mental illness that Murry called "the best story by far that had been sent to Rhythm. Mansfield continued to write family memoirs, which were published in a collection called Bliss , which secured her reputation as a writer.

In the next two years she did her best work, the peak of her achievement being The Garden Party , which she wrote during the final stages of her illness. Only three volumes of Mansfield's stories were published during her lifetime. His efforts resulted in two additional volumes of short stories in The Dove's Nest and in Something Childish , as well as her Poems , The Aloe , a collection of critical writings Novels and Novelists and a number of editions of Mansfield's previously unpublished letters and journals.

Miss Brill was about a woman who enjoys the beginning of the Season. She goes to her "special" seat with her fur. She is demanding; she wishes to be the very center of Murray's world every moment of every day, even though her consumption takes her far and away over the European continent in search of a cure.

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His work requires that he be in London, and her disease requires that she be away from that city. So this great love is lived through letters; wonderful, all consuming letters, or devastating letters of lost hope and deep sadness in view of her illness and their separation. Two divine letter writers. I was fascinated by this entire volume, by every letter.

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