Friday, September 15, 2006

Trying All Sorts of Lives

Katherine Mansfield in a 1906 letter to her cousin Sylvia Paine:

I am enjoying this Hotel life. There is a kind of feeling of irresponsibility about it that is fascinating. Would you not like to try all sorts of lives—one is so very small—but that is the satisfaction of writing—one can impersonate so many people—

Reproduced in Vincent O’Sullivan, ed., Katherine Mansfield’s Selected Stories (2006).


litlove said...

You know I wish I had lived back in the 1930s when people set up in hotels on the Riviera for the summer season. How wonderful would that have been?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if that's the source of the title of Ali Smith's second novel. I'll have to add Hotel World to the re-reading pile and track down the Mansfield letters too.