A beautiful new hardback edition of Katherine Mansfield's most vivid and distinctive stories.
Katherine Mansfield was the only writer Virginia Woolf envied. Mansfield transformed the short story genre with her work, creating stories miraculous in their intensity yet seemingly so simple. The shift of a heart, the beat of a moment, the changing of the light: in these stories emotional universes are contained within glimpses.
Mansfield only lived to the age of 34 but in that time wrote stories true to her indomitable spirit. A hundred years on from her death, Mansfield's biographer, Claire Harman, has created this new selection to show us the master of the short story form in full flight.
WITH A FOREWORD BY HELEN SIMPSON AND INTRODUCTION BY CLAIRE HARMAN
'There is something rapturous about her work...she has the power to distil the apparently inconsequential into frozen moments laden with significance' Guardian
'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' Katherine Mansfield
About this Author
Katherine Mansfield was born in New Zealand in 1888. She spent most of her adult life in Europe where she became a pioneer of the modernist movement along with James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence. Her short stories influenced many contemporaries and changed the form forever. Her personal life was highly unconventional including many love affairs with both men and women, pregnancies, intense friendships, travel and adventures. The last five years of her life were overshadowed by tuberculosis though she produced some of her best work during this time including the publication of the collections Bliss and Other Stories (1920) and The Garden Party and Other Stories (1922). She died in France in 1923 at the age of just 34.
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