My Photo

Bookish Places


Blog powered by Typepad

« Small Presses | Main | Daphne Du Maurier »



I have a bio of KM that someone gave me; must dig it out of the forgotten pile.

Her journals sound intriguing.

Have you ever read the Journals of Sylvia Plath? She is another diarist who clearly was a "writer." Beautiful stuff in it, that oddly didn't turn up in her poetry until very late and very little at all in her prose.


LK--Oh those forgotten piles...maybe out of sight, but not out of mind, right. I do have a book of Sylvia Plath's journals. I have only read The Bell Jar--and that was a long time ago. She is definitely an author/poet I need to revisit! I am finding that I like reading diaries/journals very much!


Yes, the morsel of apricot is lovely, as it the rest of her writing. I loved reading this post. Katherine Mansfield was a brilliant writer, and had such an impact on me when I read her. Haven't read the biography, but I've read her journals and many of her stories. You will enjoy your journey getting to know her.

Amy Palko

I just love short stories, and I think that Mansfield's are some of the best. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


I plan to read the Claire Tomalin over the Summer - maybe we should try to do it around the same time?

I actually didn't like Prelude as much as everything else KM wrote - The Garden Party is a brilliant collection, and the title story is one of my favourite short stories anywhere. Bliss and Miss Brill are two other brilliant ones. Oo, very tempted to go for a re-read...


A lovely post- it makes me want to finally get around to reading some Mansfield.


Robin--I am looking forward to reading more of her writing. I wonder if more of her journals have been published? I did order the first volume of her letters (used--new copies seem very expensive for some reason).
Amy--I have not been a very good short story reader up until now (here and there only), so I am hoping this will finally be what draws me into them.
Simon--Yes, let me know when you plan on reading the Tomalin. I want to finish the bio of Daphne Du Maurier first and read some of KM's short stories first as well. I have not read any of her stories, so I am looking forward to them. Prelude just happens to be at the beginning at it is mentioned in her journal that I am reading now--sort of by default that is where I will start.
Jess--Reading her journal gave me the impetus. Now on to her stories!

Carl V.

Sounds like a delicious book!


Carl--It is a little bit sad, but some of her descriptions really are lovely!


Lovely post and lovely writings on your blog, which I admire. Coincidentally, I'm reading Katherine Mansfield's Prelude and a few other stories just now and also just wrote about her at my blog!
Happy reading weekend.


You've got a real treat ahead of you in the Mansfield biography by Claire Tomalin.


Ted--Thanks for the nice words. I have yet to start her short stories, but I plan on reading Prelude first since she mentioned it in her journal. I will go and read your post!
Bybee--I am looking forward to starting the Tomalin bio. I am reading the intro now to it. I think I will read a short story first and try and finish her Journal before starting the actual biography though. I am glad to hear it is good!

The comments to this entry are closed.

Books Read in 2020

Books Read in 2019

Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017

Books Read in 2016

Books Read in 2015