Selected Stories

ISBN : 9780199537358

Katherine Mansfield; Angela Smith
448 Pages
130 x 197 mm
Pub date
Sep 2008
Oxford World's Classics
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'I was jealous of her writing. The only writing I have ever been jealous of.' Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf was not the only writer to admire Mansfield's work: Thomas Hardy, D. H. Lawrence, and Elizabeth Bowen all praised her stories, and her early death at the age of thirty-four cut short one of the finest short-story writers in the English language.

This selection covers the full range of Mansfield's fiction, from her early satirical stories to the subtly nuanced comedy of 'The Daughters of the Late Colonel' and the macabre and ominous 'A Married Man's Story'. The stories that pay what Mansfield calls 'a debt of love' to New Zealand are as sharply etched as the European stories, and she recreates her childhood world with mordant insight. Disruption is a constant theme, whether the tone is comic, tragic, nostalgic, or domestic, echoing Mansfield's disrupted life and the fractured expressions of Modernism.

This new edition increases the selection from 27 to 33 stories and prints them in the order in which they first appeared, in the definitive texts established by Anthony Alpers. 
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Frau Brechenmacher Attends a Wedding
The Woman at the Store
How Pearl Button was Kidnapped
Something Childish bu very Natural
The Little Governess
An Indiscreet Journey
The Wind Blows
Mr Reginald Peacock's Day
Feuille d'Album
A Dill Pickle
Je ne parle pas francais
Sun and Moon
The Man without a Temperament
The Stranger
Miss Brill
The Daughters of the Late Colonel
Life of Ma Parker
Mr and Mrs Dove
Her First Ball
Marriage a la Mode
At the Bay
The Voyage
A Married Man's Story
The Garden Party
The Doll's House
The Fly
A Cup of Tea
The Canary

About the author: 

Katherine Mansfield
Angela Smith, Professor in English Studies, University of Stirling

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