Kathleen Jones: Katherine Mansfield

Virginia Woolf’s precocious, brittle ‘rival’

Lisa Gorton


Katherine Mansfield: the Story Teller
by Kathleen Jones
Viking, $55 hb, 524 pp, 9780670074358


Virginia Woolf’s cook brought the news in January 1923 that Katherine Mansfield had died.

Nelly said in her sensational way at breakfast on Friday, ‘Mrs. Murry’s dead! It says so in the paper!’ At that, one feels what? A shock of relief? A rival the less? Then confusion at feeling so little then, gradually, blankness and disappointment; then a depression which I could not rouse myself from all that day. Katherine wont read it. Katherine’s my rival no longer.

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Published in February 2011 no. 328
Lisa Gorton

Lisa Gorton

Lisa Gorton, who lives in Melbourne, is a poet, novelist, and critic, and a former Poetry Editor of ABR. She studied at the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford. A Rhodes Scholar, she completed a Masters in Renaissance Literature and a Doctorate on John Donne at Oxford University, and was awarded the John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication in Donne Studies. Her first poetry collection, Press Release (2007), won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry. She has also been awarded the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize. A second poetry collection followed in 2013: Hotel Hyperion (also Giramondo). Lisa has also written a children’s novel, Cloudland (2008). Her novel The Life of Houses (2015) shared the 2016 Prime Minister’s Award for fiction. She is the editor of The Best Australian Poems 2013 (Black Inc.).

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