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This is an auction for KATHERINE MANSFIELD: A SECRET LIFE by Claire Tomalin. reviews:

"Pursuing art and adventure across Europe, Katherine Mansfield lived and wrote with the Furies on her heels; but when she died aged only thirty-four she became one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Sexually ambiguous, craving love yet quarrelsome and capricious, she glittered in the brilliant circles of D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf, her beauty and recklessness inspiring admiration, jealousy, rage and devotion. Claire Tomalin’s biography brings us nearer than we have ever been to this courageous, greatly gifted, haunted and haunting writer."

"FIVE STARS!!! A wonderful biography of a difficult, brilliant woman who, through a number of tragic circumstances, culminating in a losing battle with tuberculosis, died young, having written many superb (and some not so good!) short stories but without perhaps ever fully realizing her entire potential. Tomalin also writes well and sensitively about Mansfield's family and her New Zealand background, her early aspirations towards becoming a musician - ditched at the age of 19 in favour of writing - and her various friends, including Ida Baker, a schoolmate in London who virtually became Katherine's servant. She is refreshingly honest about Mansfield's complex character: she could be manipulative, a terrible liar and ruthless in her ambition, but also had a real zest for life and, when not feeling threatened or needing to play a role, a charming and very kind friend. A magnificent achievement."

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Hardback 1987.

292 pages + photographs.

No dust jacket. Otherwise, good condition.

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