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Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial$
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Janet Wilson, Gerri Kimber, and Delia da Sousa Correa

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748669097

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748669097.001.0001

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The Lawrences, Katherine Mansfield and the ‘Ricordi’ Postcard

The Lawrences, Katherine Mansfield and the ‘Ricordi’ Postcard

(p.149) The Lawrences, Katherine Mansfield and the ‘Ricordi’ Postcard
Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial

Andrew Harrison

Edinburgh University Press

This report focuses on the famous postcard sent by D.H. Lawrence to Mansfield from Wellington on 15 April 1922, on which the word ‘Ricordi’ is inscribed. Part of the recent Murry acquisition by the Alexander Turnbull Library, the postcard actually includes Frieda Lawrence’s greeting as well, and the two inscriptions demolish the view that Lawrence was reminding Mansfield of her Wellington roots: ‘Ricordi’ is now read as his and Frieda’s thoughts of her. Gaining the entire text of the postcard sheds new light on the Murry-Lawrence estranged relationship and anticipates the partial reconciliation between them after Mansfield’s death.

Keywords:   D.H. Lawrence, Frida Lawrence, ‘Ricordi’, postcard, John Middleton Murry, estranged relationship

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