The Best Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield (Paperback)
Dagny's Staff Pick (September 2014): I cannot believe that I had never heard of Katherine Mansfield before this weekend. Once I read the first sentence of the first story I was hooked. I have found a new addiction! Katherine Mansfield is a New Zealand author credited with creating the short story along with James Joyce. She was heralded in her day by the likes of H.G. Wells and D.H. Lawrence. I am in love! The stories reflect real life in all its innocence, desire and heartbreak. She reached people of all walks of life with her work, most of whom proclaimed ‘these are real people you are writing about.’ Mansfield worked to capture the working class world she grew up in along with the landscape that later haunted her writings. Buy this collection a thousands times!— From Dagny's Staff Picks
An artist who excelled at the expression of subtle details and concentrated emotion, Katherine Mansfield ranks among the twentieth century's greatest short story writers. Her elegant, ironic tales reflect her own bohemian lifestyle, which involved tempestuous relationships with Bertrand Russell and Virginia Woolf. This collection of a dozen of Mansfield's finest works features compelling tales of fraught relationships and shattering revelations, all recounted in an intensely visual and impressionistic style.
These stories range from throughout Mansfield's brief but prolific career. They include "Prelude," a reminiscence of the author's New Zealand girlhood; "Bliss," involving a young mother's disillusionment; "Je Ne Parle Pas Fran ais," concerning a romantic young woman's betrayal; and "The Garden Party," a contrast of snobbery and social responsibility.