Kathleen Mansfield Murry (October 1888- January 1923), was a prominent modernist short-story writer, who wrote under the pen-name of Katherine Mansfield. Her brief life was a lesson in casting-off conventions. She remarked the ideology of risking everything. In the words of one of her biographers, her adventurous spirit, eagerness to grasp at experience and to succeed in her work marked her entire life.
Katherine revolutionised the 20th century English short-story. Her writings, mostly, were free of plots and endings, and rather highlighted the expansiveness of the interior life, the poetry of feelings and the blurred edges of personality. Her prose offers lessons in entering the ordinary lives, that are vivid and strong, whereas her fiction retained the relevance through its open endedness with the ability to raise discomforting questions about identity, belonging and desire. She succumbed to her illness of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis in 1923, at the age of only thirty four.