"I had been told Katherine Mansfield was a good short-story writer"

Katherine Mansfield was the pen-name of Kathleen Mansfield Murry, nee Beauchamp (1888-1923). Born and brought up in New Zealand, she moved to London in 1908 where she became closely associated with other modernist writers, such as D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. Considered forward-thinking and one of the best short-story writers of her time, her work is often compared to that of Anton Chekhov, whose work she greatly admired.