Stories

Stories

by Katherine Mansfield
     
 

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Although Katherine Mansfield was closely associated with D.H. Lawrence and something of a rival of Virginia Woolf, her stories suggest someone writing in a different era and in a vastly different English. Her language is as transparent as clean glass, yet hovers on the edge of poetry. Her characters are passionate men and women swaddled in English reserve -- and

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Although Katherine Mansfield was closely associated with D.H. Lawrence and something of a rival of Virginia Woolf, her stories suggest someone writing in a different era and in a vastly different English. Her language is as transparent as clean glass, yet hovers on the edge of poetry. Her characters are passionate men and women swaddled in English reserve -- and sometimes briefly breaking through. And her genius is to pinpoint those unacknowledged and almost imperceptible moments in which those people's relationships -- with one another and themselves -- change forever. This collection includes such masterpieces as "Prelude," "At the Bay" "Bliss," "The Man Without a Temperament" and "The Garden Party" and has a new introduction by Jeffrey Meyers.


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Editorial Reviews

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"We to her the prosperity of the 'free' story: she untrammeled it from conventions and, still more, gained for it a prestige till then unthought of. How much ground Katherine Mansfield broke for her successors may not be realized. Her imagination kindled unlikely matter; she was to alter for good and all our idea of what goes to make a story." — Elizabeth Bowen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307498052
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/16/2009
Series:
Vintage Classics
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
2 MB

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Elizabeth Bowen
We owe to her the prosperity of the free story: she untrammeled it from conventions, and, still more, gained for it a prestige until then unthought of. How much ground Katherine Mansfield broke for her successors may not be realized. Her imagination kindled unlikely matter; she was to alter for good and all our idea of what goes to make a story.
—(Elizabeth Bowen)
From the Publisher
"We to her the prosperity of the 'free' story: she untrammeled it from conventions and, still more, gained for it a prestige till then unthought of. How much ground Katherine Mansfield broke for her successors may not be realized. Her imagination kindled unlikely matter; she was to alter for good and all our idea of what goes to make a story." — Elizabeth Bowen

Meet the Author

Katherine Mansfield was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1888. From the time of her marriage to John Middleton Murry in 1918 wuntil her death near Paris in 1923, she spent most of her time in Italy, Switzerland and France. Besides her volumes of short stories (all of which are available in The Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield, 1937) her works include Poems (1923), Journal (1927), Letters (1928, 1951), all collected and published after her death.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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