Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Katherine Mansfield

Today, Wednesday, 14 October 2009 marks the anniversary of Katherine Mansfield's birthday. Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp was born on 14 October 1888 at 11 Tinakori Road, Thorndon Wellington, New Zealand to Sir Harold Beauchamp and Lady Beauchamp. Her birthplace, now 25 Tinakori Road receives thousands of visitors a year and is a museum to her legacy.

Growing up in Wellington at the turn of the 20th Century was hugely influential on Katherine Mansfield's development as a writer. Many of her childhood experiences and memories are recreated in some of her most famous short stories including The Aloe, Prelude, A Birthday, The Doll’s House, and The Wind Blows.

Katherine Mansfield's life was sadly brief (died at 34) but her contribution to the development of the short story was monumental. Virginia Woolf wrote following her death "she was the only writer of whom I was jealous."

Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, Tinakori Road, Wellington, New Zealand is designated an historic place and is open to the public

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