The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship: Background information when reading In the Memorial Room

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In the Memorial Room

by Janet Frame

In the Memorial Room
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    Dec 2013, 208 pages
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The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship

Katherine Mansfield In Janet Frame's posthumously published novel In the Memorial Room, New Zealand writer Harry Gill is awarded the annual Watercress-Armstrong Fellowship, which affords him the opportunity to work and live for six months in Menton, France. This novel is based on Frame's own experiences in Menton as a Katherine Mansfield Fellow in 1974. One of New Zealand's most prestigious literary awards, the Mansfield Fellowship—currently the New Zealand Post Mansfield Prize—has supported many notable writers for more than 40 years.

Katherine Mansfield was born as Kathleen Beauchamp in Wellington, New Zealand in 1888. She died of tuberculosis in France in 1923. Known primarily for her short fiction, her collections include In a German Pension and The Garden Party. During the First World War she contracted tuberculosis. In 1919 and 1920 she spent long periods in Menton on the Côte d'Azur, believing the climate would be beneficial to her health. During her stays, Mansfield lived and...

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