Look Inside. May 07, ISBN Jan 16, ISBN Although Katherine Mansfield was closely associated with D. Lawrence and something of a rival of Virginia Woolf, her stories suggest someone writing in a different era and in a vastly different English.
Katherine Mansfield's Short Stories
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. Something Childish and her journal and… More about Katherine Mansfield. 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. Paperback —.
Add to Cart. Also in Vintage Classics. It highlighted to me the differences between the literary world of the early 20th century in London, those darlings of the "Bloomsbury set" and others, in comparison with the much more cut-throat world of modern publishing. View 1 comment. Katherine Mansfield is one of those names I have heard so much about, a feminist inspiration, Sapphic icon and a hugely influential literary figure who many writers, almost all of them women rave about.
I know a fair bit of her life story and so it was long overdue that I actually got round to reading her work. Either way I fou Katherine Mansfield is one of those names I have heard so much about, a feminist inspiration, Sapphic icon and a hugely influential literary figure who many writers, almost all of them women rave about. Either way I found this really difficult to connect with. A bit like trying to fall back asleep again after getting up in the middle of the night, the more you try the harder it becomes.
I could see elements of talent shine through on occasion, but overall I found this to be a tedious and at times underwhelming experience. Visiting New Zealand and husband bought this book for me. Always interesting to read a writer with whom I am unfamiliar, but disappointed in these dated and ambiguous stories.
Oct 25, Ana rated it really liked it. Always interesting to read things years later with a different perspective on life, the last time I read any Mansfield I was at high school! Jan 21, Celia rated it liked it Shelves: short-stories , didnt-finish , books , general-fiction. I read a fair few of these short stories, but this collection was simply too enormous, and I had to return it to the library.
I enjoyed them, but didn't have any grand thoughts on them.
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Short Stories. Literary Fiction. About Katherine Mansfield. Katherine Mansfield.
Katherine Mansfield is widely considered one of the best short story writers of her period. Mansfield also proved ahead of her time in her adoration of Russian playwright and short story writer Anton Chekhov, and incorporated some of his themes and techniques into her writing. Katherine Mansfield was part of a "new dawn" in English literature with T.
Eliot, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. She was associated with the brilliant group of writers who made the London of the period the centre of the literary world. Nevertheless, Mansfield was a New Zealand writer - she could not have written as she did had she not gone to live in England and France, but she could not have done her best work if she had not had firm roots in her native land. She used her memories in her writing from the beginning, people, the places, even the colloquial speech of the country form the fabric of much of her best work.
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Mansfield's stories were the first of significance in English to be written without a conventional plot. Wells , Mansfield concentrated on one moment, a crisis or a turning point, rather than on a sequence of events. The plot is secondary to mood and characters. The stories are innovative in many other ways. They feature simple things - a doll's house or a charwoman.
Her imagery, frequently from nature, flowers, wind and colours, set the scene with which readers can identify easily. Themes too are universal: human isolation, the questioning of traditional roles of men and women in society, the conflict between love and disillusionment, idealism and reality, beauty and ugliness, joy and suffering, and the inevitability of these paradoxes.