Katherine Mansfield's Selected Short Stories
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Katherine Mansfield's Selected Short Stories

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[Contains 35 stories, plus correspondence and critical essays]

With the exception of the first four stories, all were written within a period of ten years. These stories, and the letters following, reflect the urgency of a writer who knew her time was limited. All but four of the texts of the stories reprinted here are versions that Mansfield herself revised or selected.


Paperback, 430 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published April 28th 1983)
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Jul 18, 2007 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Aspiring women writers/ fans of women's lit
Shelves: alwaysreading
I'll tend to read a story from this book here and there. On a rainy night, I'll read one of the stories from this book. They're pretty short, but each one is very profound. I'll probably be reading it for a long time because I don't want it to end :).
Phillip Kay
A selection of 73 stories originally published in 1965 by Alfred A Knopf. Contains the amateurish "From a German Pension" stories, the great "Bliss", the two masterpieces which are surely novel fragments about her childhood, "Prelude" and "At the Bay", and the final work which contains many accomplished stories. About 12 good stories here in a career which was cut short before it really developed. No criticism I've noticed explores Mansfield's relation to Chekhov and many seem to credit Mansfiel...more
Mansfield would have otherwise been off my radar if it wasn't for reading fellow New Zealander, Janet Frame's, work. (Apparently, Frame's mother was a maid for Mansfield's family.) The selected short stories are written very cleanly and have a distinct British, middle-class air. A good sense of loss and longing is captured throughout.
Jacqui Miller
I love Mansfield's writing. She is insightful and uses beautiful, poetic prose. I'm not a big fan of short stories but Mansfield is very skilled at drawing you in quickly and at creating interesting and complex characters that stay with you. Particularly enjoyed Miss Brill, The Fly and Bliss.
I'd have to agree with Mansfield speaking of her earliest work:

“I cannot have the German Pension republished under any circumstances. It is far too immature...it's not good enough”

The later stories, however, were much more enjoyable.
It was intriguing and some of the stories really captured my attention. I really enjoyed the way her writing was throughout all the stories.
Jan 26, 2012 Samara rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Read a majority of stories for a class. Love how she's able to craft words, but left unsatisfied by most of the stories.
Nov 08, 2007 Nicole marked it as to-read
I couldn't see the TOC of this one on Amazon, but I imagine it has the stories we are interested in...
Aug 02, 2011 Jo added it
if you like short stories, katherine mansfield is the master
I especially love Prelude & At the Bay
Oh she is a fun writer.
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Kathleen Mansfield Murry was a prominent New Zealand modernist writer of short fiction who wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield.

Katherine Mansfield is widely considered one of the best short story writers of her period. A number of her works, including "Miss Brill", "Prelude", "The Garden Party", "The Doll's House", and later works such as "The Fly", are frequently collected in short st...more
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