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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

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

Sarah Ailwood

Edinburgh University Press

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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