Author(s): Edited by Gerri Kimber and Claire Davison
This is the first complete edition of Katherine Mansfield's poetry, including 26 poems, dating from 1909-10, discovered by Gerri Kimber in the Newberry Library in Chicago in 2015.
This edition is made up of 217 poems, ordered chronologically, so that the reader can follow Mansfield's development as a poet and her experiments with different forms, as well as tracing the themes - love and death, the natural world and the seasons, childhood and friendship, music and song - that preoccupied her throughout her writing life.
The comprehensive annotations provide illuminating biographical information as well as explaining the rich contexts of the European poetic tradition, including fin de siecle decadence within which Mansfield's artistry is steeped. The inclusion of a collection of newly discovered poems, highlights Mansfield's desire to be taken seriously as a poet from her earliest beginnings as a writer. The poems as a whole point to a poet who varied her craft as she perfected it, often witty and ironic yet always enchanted by the sound of words.
Gerri Kimber, Visiting Professor in the Department of English at the University of Northampton, is co-editor of the annual yearbook Katherine Mansfield Studies, and Chair of the Katherine Mansfield Society. She is the deviser and Series Editor of the four-volume Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield and the author of Katherine Mansfield: The View from France, and A Literary Modernist: Katherine Mansfield and the Art of the Short Story. Claire Davison, Professor of Modernist Studies at the Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, is the current Chair of the French Virginia Woolf Society. She is the author of Translation as Collaboration - Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield and S. S. Koteliansky (2014) published by Edinburgh University Press, and the co-editor of Contemporary Woolf / Woolf contemporaine, Katherine Mansfield's French Lives, and Volume Seven of the annual yearbook Katherine Mansfield Studies.