Katherine Mansfield


1888 – 1923


Who was Katherine Mansfield?

Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp Murry was a prominent modernist writer of short fiction who was born and brought up in colonial New Zealand and wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield. When she was 19 Mansfield left New Zealand and settled in the United Kingdom, where she became friends with modernist writers such as D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. During the First World War she contracted extrapulmonary tuberculosis, which led to her death at the age of 34.

Famous Quotes:

  • Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in.
  • I love the rain. I want the feeling of it on my face.
  • To work -- to work! It is such infinite delight to know that we still have the best things to do.
  • It's a terrible thing to be alone -- yes it is -- it is -- but don't lower your mask until you have another mask prepared beneath --as terrible as you like --but a mask.
  • If only one could tell true love from false love as one can tell mushrooms from toadstools.
  • I'm treating you as a friend asking you to share my present minuses in the hope that I can ask you to share my future pluses
  • Life never becomes a habit to me. It's always a marvel.
  • The pleasure of reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
  • Would you not like to try all sorts of lives -- one is so very small -- but that is the satisfaction of writing -- one can impersonate so many people.
  • Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become Love. That is the mystery.

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Oct 14, 1888
Also known as
  • J. Middleton Murry
  • Wellington Girls College
  • Queen's College, London
Jan 9, 1923

on July 23, 2013


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