Katherine Mansfield's Birthday
'I want the power to live a full, adult, living breathing life in close contact with what I love - the earth and the wonders thereof, the sea, the sun. All that we mean when we speak of the external world. . . I want, by understanding myself, to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming so that I may be - (and here I have stopped and waited and waited and it's no good - there's only one phrase that will do) a child of the sun. . . I want a garden, a small house, grass, animals, books, pictures, music. And out of this - the expression of this - I want to be writing. (Though I may write about cabmen. That's no matter.) But warm, eager living life - to be rooted in life - to learn to desire, to know, to feel, to think, to act. That is what I want. And nothing less. That is what I must aim for."
Katherine Mansfield died less than three months later at Fontainebleau near Paris.
Katherine Mansfield: The Storyteller by Kathleen Jones
published by Penguin NZ and by Edinburgh University Press
E-book by The Book Mill
Available through all good book retailers and Amazon