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Katherine Mansfield (1888 - 1923)

04 Jul 2016

Our Subjects / Ā Mātou Kaupapa:
Biography, English, History

Where can I find information about Katherine Mansfield? What is she famous for?

LEVEL: Intermediate / Secondary

Katherine Mansfield (1888 - 1923) was a famous New Zealand writer; particularly of short stories. Her work, which has been translated into more than 25 languages, also comprised of poetry, letters, journals and reviews . She was a member of the modernist literary movement during and after the First World War.

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is an excellent starting point for all questions about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we scroll down to the bottom of the page we can see that the website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable. A search for the keywords Katherine Mansfield will bring up some excellent information, including this biography. Te Ara also has an article about other women writers in the 1920s and 1930s that might be useful to explore. 

HOT TIP: Te Ara links sometimes take you to the ‘Short Story’. Remember to click on the ‘Full Story’ on the left hand side of the page if you want more in-depth information. You can also look at the ‘All images and media’ link for pictures and photos related to your story.

NZHistory is another one of our favourite sites for information about events and people from New Zealand history. Like Te Ara, NZHistory is from the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is valid and reputable. Try a search using the keywords Katherine Mansfield to find information including a biography.

NZEDGE Legends is a good place to check for biographies of New Zealanders who have changed or impacted the world in some way. They also have an entry about Katherine Mansfield. We can see that this article was last updated in 2001 but it still includes lots of good information. There is a student resource which includes study ideas, questions and activities. 

Katherine Mansfield House and Garden has some really interesting information about Katherine Mansfield and the house in which she was born and grew up in Wellington, New Zealand. There are resources and blogs and other articles related to the life of Katherine Mansfield.

HOT TIP: Websites that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the ‘about us’ link on the website, if you can find one. That can tell you what the company’s mission and values are.

EPIC is a collection of reliable databases covering lots of different topics. It’s put together especially for New Zealand school students and helps to answer questions like this. We recommend looking at Biography in Context and the Australia/New Zealand Reference CentreJust look for Katherine Mansfield in each resource.

HOT TIP: To get to the EPIC databases you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or, you can log on to between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday, and one of the librarians can help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Check out our other ManyAnswers entries about famous New Zealanders.

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