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Katherine Mansfield was an internationally acclaimed New Zealand author who revolutionised 20th-century English short-story writing. She died on January 9 1923. Katherine Mansfield was the pen-name of Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp, she was the daughter of successful Wellington businessman Harold Beauchamp and Annie Burnell Dyer. Mansfield was born 14 October 1888 Wellington, New Zealand and grew up in Thorndon, Wellington, in a family of six children. She left to go to London in 1908 and never returned. However she never lost her ties to the country of her childhood, which became the setting for some of her best known stories, which included ‘Prelude’ and ‘At the Bay’. Mansfield wrote, ‘I believe the greatest failing of all is to be frightened’. She lived by this belief and defied convention in her personal life and in her writing. While living in London she mixed widely with London literary circles. She inspired mixed reactions from other authors of the time; Virginia Woolf adm...