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The Garden Party and Selected Short Stories

By Katherine Mansfield

ISBN: 9781847497291

320 pages

RRP: £7.99 £5.59

When her wealthy family prepares to host a lavish summer party, the young, hitherto sheltered Laura Sheridan suddenly feels a kinship with the staff and the helpers hired to set up the venue for the festivities. As she learns of the death of one of their working-class neighbours, this burgeoning sense of class consciousness is heightened by a realization of her own mortality.

Published in 1922, at the height of literary modernism, ‘The Garden Party’ is now considered one of the key texts of that movement. This volume, which also includes a wide selection of Katherine Mansfield’s other short stories, is an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to discover one of the early twentieth century’s finest writers.

REVIEWS

  • I was jealous of her writing – the only writing I have ever been jealous of.

    Virginia Woolf

  • It is necessary to read no more than two or three of Miss Mansfield’s stories before discovering that she has great talent. And after reading all of them, including her first volume, Bliss, there is no doubt at all that this talent amounts to the rare thing which a lack of a juster word to express our enthusiasms we call genius, and that her name must be added to that small company of the living… who really have something to say, and can say it uncommonly well.

    Robert Littell
    New Republic

Katherine Mansfield

Born and raised in New Zealand, Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923) became a major figure of the Modernist movement before tragically dying at the age of thirty-four.

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