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SAVAGE FROM THE COLONIES (article first published : 2001-07-7)

New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield attended Queen’s College for young Ladies in London in 1903. This should have groomed her as a genteel person of decorum who would grace the hand of any member of the nobility.

Instead, Katherine Mansfield became an outspoken rebel, one who was happiest when breaking rules. She had a series of passionate relationships and married music teacher George Bowden to cover an unwanted pregnancy although the marriage was never consummated. Her mother took her off to Bavaria to await the birth and then give the baby away but leaves after staying only a week. Katherine has a miscarriage. Next comes an affair with Polish translator Floryan Sobieniowski from whom she contracts gonorrhoea. This disease, which complicates a surgical operation, renders her sterile and slowly destroys her health. (See full review in Drama)




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