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Katherine Mansfield and Literary Influence$
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Sarah Ailwood and Melinda Harvey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694419

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694419.001.0001

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Katherine Mansfield, Nettie Palmer and Critical Influence

Katherine Mansfield, Nettie Palmer and Critical Influence

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(p.168) Chapter 12 Katherine Mansfield, Nettie Palmer and Critical Influence
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Katherine Mansfield and Literary Influence
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Sarah Ailwood

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694419.003.0012

This chapter traces the lodestar role that Katherine Mansfield played for the Australian literary critic Nettie Palmer. Palmer’s literary archive reveals her enchantment with Mansfield as a reader, writer and literary journalist, highlighting the impact of Mansfield’s posthumously published personal writing on her. Mansfield’s presence in Palmer’s archive exposes a thread of literary influence between literary critics and, through Palmer, to an even wider network of literary correspondents. In Palmer’s reviews, letters and notebooks Mansfield alters, chameleon-like, to fit her purpose: the successful colonial writer in exile, the mourned absent contemporary and the incisive literary critic who prompts Palmer to reflect on her own professional writing.

Keywords:   Katherine Mansfield, Nettie Palmer, literary influence, literary criticism, archive, correspondence, Australian literature, women’s writing

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