Short-story writer and poet, Katherine Mansfield, a pseudonym for Kathleen
Mansfield Beauchamp was born in 1888, in Wellington, New Zealand. She came back
to London in 1908, married George Bowden (a musician), March 2, 1909, separated
from him the same day, and afterwards gave birth in Bavaria to a stillborn baby
by Garnet Trowell, another musician. This led to her first volume of fiction,
In a German Pension (1909). Katherine Mansfield's practice was suddenly to
spend several days in writing poetry, and then to abandon poetry wholly for
months and years together. After meeting John Middleton Murry in 1911, they
lived together until she divorced Bowden and married Murry on May 3, 1918.
Mansfield lost Lesley Beauchamp, her brother, to a wartime accident in 1915.
This death led to some of her greatest stories. Suffering from tuberculosis, she
died from the disease in January 9, 1923.