'I think ... I am going to die.': Katherine Mansfield at Fontainebleau

Bridget Williams Books
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‘When Miss Katherine Mansfield, the brilliant novelist, passed away the other day in almost the spring of her promise, it was in a curious little oasis in the historic Forest of Fontainebleau . . .’ From 'The Graphic', 10 March 1923
This moving, beautifully written chapter from Kathleen Jones’s biography 'Katherine Mansfield, The Story-teller' (2010), describes Mansfield’s last days and death at a chateau near Paris, the centre of a spiritual movement led by the mysterious Russian philosopher-mystic Georges Gurdjieff.
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About the author

Kathleen Jones’s published work includes radio journalism, articles for magazines and newspapers, short fiction and 10 books, a mixture of biography, general non-fiction and poetry. They include biographies of the Victorian poet Christina Rossetti, Catherine Cookson, and Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, along with A Passionate Sisterhood, an account of the lives of women who lived with ‘the lake poets’. She divides her time between England, Italy and New Zealand.

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Bridget Williams Books
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Apr 1, 2013
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Biography & Autobiography / General
Literary Criticism / General
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“... a surprising novel ... Filled with characters that seem as if they just walked out of a sitcom, Love Isf the Punch Line might just tickle your funny bone.”—Anne Clinard Barnhill, author of The Beautician's Notebook, At the Mercy of the Queen, and Queen Elizabeth's Daughter

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