Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp was born on 14 October 1888 at Wellington, New Zealand. She was a writer of short stories, poetry, letters, journals and reviews, and changed the way the short story was written in the English language. In 1911, Katherine Mansfield’s first published collection of short stories In a German Pension was received with success. The death of her young brother, Leslie, in the First World War devastated her and she found solace in remembering the country of their childhood. These remembrances were transformed into some of her finest writing such as ‘At the Bay’, ‘The Garden Party’ and ‘Prelude’.
She passed away on 9 January 1923.