"There are plans for stories - so many that she did not live to carry out - and sketches of characters. These are not set down in the dreadful manner of the two-story-a-week writers who carry obnoxious notebooks about, snapping at "copy." She wrote them in her journal, this journal that was for her alone, because here was her life, because the writer and the woman were not and could never be two separate beings. The photographs of her that illustrate the journal are of deep interest. The first was taken in 1913; the last shortly before her death ten years later. She grew always more beautiful for her suffering."
Dorthy Parker in 1927 reviewing The Journal of Katherine Mansfield. Her private journals were published after her death by her husband, the critic John Murry. Some felt he was exploiting her.