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The Best Works of Katherine Mansfield
Bliss, and Other Stories
In a German Pension
The Garden Party and Other Stories
This edition has been professionally formatted and contains several tables of contents. The first table of contents (at the very beginning of the ebook) lists the titles of all novels included in this volume. By clicking on one of those titles you will be redirected to the beginning of that work, where you'll find a new TOC that lists all the chapters and sub-chapters of that specific work.
This new selection, with an introduction by the novelist Emily Perkins, ranges across Mansfield's oeuvre and shows the New Zealander's dazzling brilliance.
The stories in this collection:
At the Bay
The Lady's Maid
Mr. and Mrs. Dove
The Garden Party
Marriage a la Mode
The Daughters of the Late Colonel
The Life of Ma Parker
The Doll's House
Her First Ball
An Ideal Family
The Little Governess
Mr. Reginald Peacock's Day
The Luft Bad
Je ne parle pas francais
A Dill Pickle
The Tiredness of Rosabel
Katherine Mansfield was born in Wellington in 1888 and left for London in 1903 to finish her schooling. After travelling in Europe she returned to New Zealand in 1906 and started writing stories. Two years later, intent on becoming a professional writer, she again went to London. The collection In a German Pension was published in 1911. Followed after the war by the acclaimed collections Bliss and The Garden Party. After her death more of her work was published, resulting in two volumes of stories, as well as collections of poetry, criticism, letters and journals.
Emily Perkins is the author of four novels, including Novel About My Wife, and a collection of short stories, Not Her Real Name. She teaches creative writing at the University of Auckland. Her latest book is The Forrests.
Inline tables of contents and links after each text/chapter will help you to get back to the respective tables. An alphabetical index for stories, poems, and authors can also be found at the end of the ebook.
IN A GERMAN PENSION 
BLISS AND OTHER STORIES 
THE GARDEN PARTY AND OTHER STORIES 
THE DOVES’ NEST AND OTHER STORIES 
POEMS [1923, 1930]
SOMETHING CHILDISH AND OTHER STORIES 
THE LETTERS: VOLUME I 
THE LETTERS: VOLUME II 
THE ALOE 
NOVELS AND NOVELISTS 
THE SCRAPBOOK 
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ALI SMITH
Katherine Mansfield's clear, sparkling and perceptive short stories revolutionized the genre, and this collection represents the whole range of her writing. Moving, resonant, full of light and colour, they range from short sharp studies to longer, richer tales, encompassing her three major volumes Bliss, The Garden Party and In a German Pension, and fifteen tantalizing fragments of unfinished stories published after her tragic death, including 'Honesty', an intriguing tale of two bachelors, and 'The Doves' Nest', an exquisite story of a widowed mother and her daughter in the Riviera who receive a mysterious gentleman caller. Graceful, delicate and quietly devastating, they observe apparently trivial incidents to create sensitive, often painful revelations of her characters' inner lives.
As Vincent O’Sullivan states, those encountering Mansfield’s stories for the first time have invariably found they ‘were alive, they were witty, they were moving, they covered new ground’. But with about 70 stories to choose from and a vast array of themes and approaches, where do you start, and how do you begin to understand and best appreciate her writing and achievements?
This series features selections of her best stories, grouped by subject and introduced by Mansfield scholar Vincent O’Sullivan, who is also a writer of fiction in his own right. Each volume offers a different way to view Mansfield’s work. This selection includes her most-loved stories about the New Zealand of her childhood. As O'Sullivan explains, his choices cover ‘everything of importance that happened to her, that she observed and experienced, between childhood in Wellington’s wooden houses, to her deciding in Switzerland in July 1922, that her final paragraph about a singing bird was the place for her to stop’.
Other titles in the MANSFIELD SELECTIONS series:
In Bavaria: ISBN 978-1-77553-498-3
Marriage & Families: ISBN 978-1-77553-501-0
Sex & Lies: ISBN 978-1-77553-499-0
Women Alone: ISBN 978-1-77553-502-7
'Katherine Mansfield: The Complete Works' contains:
- In A German Pension
- The Garden Party
- The Doves’ Nest
- Something Childish
- The Letters: Volume I
- The Letters: Volume II
- The Aloe
- Novels and Novelists
- The Scrapbook
- Uncollected Texts
Fifteen exquisite tales from one of the world'd greatest writers of the short story
Innovative, startlingly perceptive and aglow with colour, these stories were written towards the end of Katherine Mansfield's tragically short life. Many are set in the author's native New Zealand, others in England and the French Riviera. All are revelations of the unspoken, half-understood emotions that make up everyday experience - from the blackly comic 'The Daughters of the Late Colonel', and the short, sharp sketch 'Miss Brill', in which a lonely woman's precarious sense of self is brutally destroyed, to the vivid impressionistic evocation of family life in 'At the Bay'. 'All that I write,' Mansfield said, 'all that I am - is on the borders of the sea. It is a kind of playing.'