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Circulating Genius: John Middleton Murry, Katherine Mansfield and D. H. Lawrence$
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Sydney Janet Kaplan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641482

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641482.001.0001

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Circulating Mansfield

Circulating Mansfield

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(p.157) Chapter 8 Circulating Mansfield
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Circulating Genius: John Middleton Murry, Katherine Mansfield and D. H. Lawrence
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Sydney Janet Kaplan

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641482.003.0009

This chapter examines Mansfield's last year of life and Murry's efforts to circulate her legacy after her death. It explores the irony of her being in Paris in 1922—the banner year of international modernism—whilst she was struggling through the last stages of tuberculosis. It discusses her meeting with James Joyce and her reactions to Ulysses. Murry's critiques of Joyce are also analysed, as well as his writing on Proust. Mansfield's final decision to spend the last weeks of her life at Gurdjieff's Institute in Fontainebleau affected Murry's own spiritual awakening. Murry's tendency to mysticism is examined in the last section of this chapter, as is his new editorial venture, the Adelphi, which he devoted to Mansfield's memory and used to publish her writing and his responses to her death.

Keywords:   1922, Paris, Modernism, Joyce, Ulysses, Proust, Gurdjieff, Adelphi, Mysticism, Tuberculosis

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