Katherine Mansfield's Selected Short Stories

ISBN-10: 0393925331

ISBN-13: 9780393925333

Edition: 2006

Authors: Katherine Mansfield, Vincent O'Sullivan

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This Norton Critical Edition includes thirty-five of Katherine Mansfield's short stories with explanatory annotations. 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. Twenty excerpts from Mansfield's correspondence address the craft of writing and her own views on her work, subjects rarely broached in her many letters. "Criticism" includes eighteen essays that collectively suggest the changing emphases in how Mansfield has been read by critics. Contributors include fellow writers Rebecca West, T. S. Eliot, Katherine Anne Porter, V. S. Pritchett, Elizabeth Bowen, and Frank O' Connor, as well as biographers Claire Tomalin and Vincent O'Sullivan, among others. A Selected Bibliography is also included. About the Series: No other series of classic texts equals the caliber of the Norton Critical Editions. Each volume combines the most authoritative text available with the comprehensive pedagogical apparatus necessary to appreciate the work fully. Careful editing, first-rate translation, and thorough explanatory annotations allow each text to meet the highest literary standards while remaining accessible to students. Each edition is printed on acid-free paper and every text in the series remains in print. Norton Critical Editions are the choice for excellence in scholarship for students at more than 2,000 universities worldwide.
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List price: $12.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

James A. Michener, 1907 - 1997 James Albert Michener was born on February 3, 1907 in Doylestown, Pa. He earned an A.B. from Swarthmore College, an A.M. from Colorado State College of Education, and an M.A. from Harvard University. He taught for many years and was an editor for Macmillan Publishing Company. His first book, "Tales of the South Pacific," derived from Michener's service in the Pacific in World War II, won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was the basis for the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical South Pacific, which won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Michener completed close to 40 novels. Some other epic works include "Hawaii," "Centennial," "Space," and "Caribbean." He also wrote a significant amount of nonfiction including his autobiography "The World Is My Home." Among his many other honors, James Michener received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. He was married to Patti Koon in 1935; they divorced in 1948. He married Vange Nord in 1948 (divorced 1955) and Mari Yoriko Sabusawa in 1955 (deceased 1994). He died in 1997 in Austin, Texas.

Katherine Mansfield's Selected Stories
The Tiredness of Rosabel (1908)
At "Lehmann's" (1910)
Frau Brechenmacher Attends a Wedding (1910)
The Swing of the Pendulum (1911)
The Woman at the Store (1912)
How Pearl Button Was Kidnapped (1912)
Ole Underwood (1912)
Millie (1913)
Bains Turcs (1913)
The Little Governess (1915)
An Indiscreet Journey (1915)
The Wind Blows (1915)
Prelude (1917)
A Dill Pickle (1917)
Je ne Parle Pas Francais (1918)
Bliss (1918)
Psychology (1919)
Pictures (1919)
The Man without a Temperament (1920)
Revelations (1920)
The Escape (1920)
The Young Girl (1920)
The Stranger (1920)
Miss Brill (1920)
Poison (1920)
The Daughters of the Late Colonel (1920)
Life of Ma Parker (1920)
Her First Ball (1921)
Marriage a la Mode (1921)
At the Bay (1921)
The Voyage (1921)
The Garden Party (1921)
The Doll's House (1921)
The Fly (1922)
The Canary (1922)
Katherine Mansfield: From Her Letters
To Sylvia Payne (24 April 1906)
To Garnet Trowell (2 November 1908)
To Garnet Trowell (8 November 1908)
To John Middleton Murry (19 May 1913)
To John Middleton Murry (25 March 1915)
To John Middleton Murry (7 May 1915)
To Bertrand Russell (17 December 1916)
To Dorothy Brett (11 October 1917)
To John Middleton Murry (3 February 1918)
To Dorothy Brett (12 May 1918)
To John Middleton Murry (18 October 1920)
To John Middleton Murry (3 November 1920)
To John Middleton Murry (23 November 1920)
To Dorothy Brett (12 September 1921)
To Dorothy Brett (11 November 1921)
To William Gerhardi (21 November 1921)
To Dorothy Brett (5 December 1921)
To Dorothy Brett (26 February 1922)
To William Gerhardi (13 March 1922)
To Sarah Gertrude Millin (March 1922)
The Garden Party
The Short Story as Colour
[The Feminine Voice]
[Life into Art]
[Who Are These People?]
"A Living Writer"
"The Fly": A Critical Exercise
[An Author in Search of a Subject]
["The Daughters of the Late Colonel"]
[Dreams and Danger]
[Freedom and Confinement]
[Sex, Danger, Freedom]
[Violence and Power in Mansfield Stories]
[The New Zealand Stories]
[Form and Value in "Je Ne Parle Pas Francais"]
[Writing the Secret Self]
[Capture and Imagination]
[The German Stories]
Selected Bibliography
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