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Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf$
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Gerri Kimber, Todd Martin, and Christine Froula

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474439657

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439657.001.0001

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‘Not the kind to die’: Katherine Mansfield and the Unquiet Ghost of ‘little brother’

‘Not the kind to die’: Katherine Mansfield and the Unquiet Ghost of ‘little brother’

(p.179) ‘Not the kind to die’: Katherine Mansfield and the Unquiet Ghost of ‘little brother’
Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf

J. Lawrence Mitchell

Edinburgh University Press

This article documents the longstanding and special bond of affection between Katherine Mansfield and her brother Leslie Heron Beauchamp (known as ‘Chummie’ and ‘Bogey’ by family) and the often oblique but artful ways this bond is reflected in her stories. With the aid of War Office records, contemporary New Zealand newspaper reports, and Beauchamp family letters in the Alexander Turnbull Library, the essay specifically addresses hitherto unknown, yet biographically significant, issues concerning Leslie’s education, his social life and military training in England, and his accidental death in Flanders. In so doing, the essay thereby corrects some misapprehensions about Leslie and the nature and extent of Mansfield’s relationship with him.

Keywords:   Brother-sister relationships, World War One, Laura and Laurie, Balliol College, Oxford, Ploegsteert Wood, Flanders, ‘Nobel lighter’ hand-grenade, memorialising ‘little brother’, bowenite pendant, tennis racquets

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