The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield

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Wordsworth Editions, 2006 - Fiction - 663 pages
With an Introduction and Notes by Professor Stephen Arkin, San Francisco State University. Katherine Mansfield is widely regarded as a writer who helped create the modern short story. Born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1888, she came to London in 1903 to attend Queen's College and returned permanently in 1908. Her first book of stories, 'In a German Pension', appeared in 1911, and she went on to write and publish an extraordinary body of work. This edition of 'The Collected Stories' brings together all of the stories that Mansfield had written up until her death in January of 1923. With an introduction and head-notes, this volume allows the reader to become familiar with the complete range of Mansfield's work from the early, satirical stories set in Bavaria, through the luminous recollections of her childhood in New Zealand, and through the mature, deeply felt stories of her last years. Admired by Virginia Woolf in her lifetime and by many writers since her death, Katherine Mansfield is one of the great literary artists of the twentieth century. Short stories include: Bliss / Prelude / Je ne parle pas français / The Wind Blows / Psychology / Pictures The Man without a Temperament / Mr Reginald Peacock's Day / Sun and Moon Feuille d'Album / A Dill Pickle / The Little Governess / The Garden Party At The Bay / The Daughters of the Late Colonel / Mr and Mrs Dove / Millie Life of Ma Parker / Marriage a la Mode / The Voyage / Miss Brill / Her First Ball The Singing Lesson / The Stranger / The Doll's House / A Cup of Tea / The Fly The Canary / Something Childish but Very Natural / The Tiredness of Rosabel How Pearl Button Was Kidnapped / The Woman at the Store / An Indiscreet Journey And many more... AUTHOR: Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp (1888 -1923) was a New Zealand-born writer, who spent most of her life in England, and is credited with being a major influence on the development of the short story. Her style, with its 'stream of consciousness', was said to be an influence on the work of Virginia Woolf. The full worth of her written works, and the influence of her innovative written style, were not fully appreciated until some decades after her death.

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The stories reflecting the brief window of light given to us, the blind; the fleetingness of an epiphany if it isn't grabbed on to; and our innate nature to not rock our boat; are portrayed so realistically, so frighteningly, that their haunting truths strike home over and over again.

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Je ne Parle pas Français
The Wind Blows
The Man Without a Temperament
Mr Reginald Peacocks Day
Sun and Moon
Feuille dAlbum
A Dill Pickle
Mr and Mrs Dove
The Young Girl
Life of Ma Parker
Marriage à la Mode
The Voyage
Miss Brill
This Flower
A Married Mans Story

The Little Governess
The Escape
At the Bay
The GardenParty
The Daughters of the Late Colonel 2 II
Pension Séguin
Germans at Meat
Frau Fischer

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About the author (2006)

Katherine Mansfield was born Katherine Beauchamp in Wellington, New Zealand on October 14, 1888, the third daughter of a prominent banker. She attended the Wellington College for Girls before entering Queen's College in London in 1903. Her interest in the cello led to lessons at the Royal Academy of Music, where she became secretly engaged to a young prodigy named Arnold Trowell, who already had a successful concert career. Upon being summoned back to New Zealand by her father in 1906, she decided to abandon music in favor of writing. She soon had three stories published in a Melbourne monthly and gained her father's consent to return to England. Once there, she became depressed when she found that Trowell no longer loved her, and she rushed into a hasty marriage to a young musician, only to leave him a few days later. She had a miscarriage, which marked the beginning of her decline in health. After returning to England in 1910, Katherine Beauchamp published her work under the name Katherine Mansfield. A collection of her stories, "In a German Pension," was published in 1911. A year later, she met John Middleton Murry, who eventually became her second husband when she was finally able to secure a divorce. By the time of this marriage in 1918, Mansfield was found to have tuberculosis. Her ill health, combined with the death of her brother in World War I, turned the focus of her work inward and on her homeland. Her memoirs, collected in a book entitled "Bliss," secured her reputation as a writer, and she followed it up with the equally acclaimed "Garden Party and Other Stories." Her lyrical style and stream of consciousness method placed her along side James Joyce and Virginia Woolf for her strength of characterization and her subtlety of detail. Katherine Mansfield died on January 9, 1923 at the Gurdjieff Institute for the Harmonic Development of Man at Fontainebleau.

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