Author(s): Joanna Woods
Katherine, or Katya as she liked to be called, became addicted to Russian style during her first trip to London and believed she had a special affinity with the Russian temperament. Her early writing was likened to Russian writing, so much so that critics thought that she actually plagiarised Chekov. Mansfield took on Russian lovers, attended the Ballet Russe and Russian concerts and plays, wore Russian-style clothing and threw herself into reading Russian literature. She even died with the Russians, at a bizarre commune run by the Rasputin-styled guru, Gurdieff. This new biography gives an intimate view of a more colourful and warmer Katherine Mansfield, and a fascinating slant on the Bloomsbury world of people like D.H. Lawrence, Otteline Morrell and Virginia Woolf. Revealing and original.