10 January 2010

What was Katherine Mansfield Thinking 90 Years ago?

90 years ago, New Zealand's most-celebrated writer, Katherine Mansfield, finished her story 'The Man Without a Temperament', wrote a spirited letter to her brother-in-law Richard Murry and confided to her diary that she feared her husband John Middleton Murry no longer loved her: 'I love him but he rejects my living love. This is anguish. These are the worst days of my whole life.'

A new blog developed by the Katherine Mansfield Society called 'KM Today' Blog will select daily extracts from Mansfield's letters and private writings, and allow responses to be posted.

Chair of the Katherine Mansfield Society, Dr Gerri Kimber, says that the blog will bring to life the innermost thoughts and feelings of a quintessentially modern woman and writer.

'The courage that Mansfield showed at a time of great fear - exiled abroad by the TB which would eventually result in her death, and facing life without her husband - is present in every entry. The letters and fiction that she wrote at this time have justly inspired generations of writers.'

The blog has been set up by the Katherine Mansfield Society ( and was made possible with a generous grant from The Southern Trust in New Zealand.

For further information, please contact Gerri Kimber (Chair)