Author(s): Katherine Mansfield
Here in one volume are twenty-three of the finest stories by Katherine Mansfield. Considered one of the finest short-story writers of the twentieth century, Mansfield was from a young age heavily influenced by Anton Chekhov, a master of the form. This new selection, with an introduction by the novelist Emily Perkins, ranges across Mansfield's oeuvre and shows the New Zealander's dazzling brilliance - from 'A Dill Pickle' and 'The Escape' to 'The Garden-Party' and 'The Fly'.
Katherine Mansfield was born in Wellington in 1888 and educated in London before returning to New Zealand. Deciding early on that she wanted to be a writer, she began publishing stories—most of them set in her home country—in Australian magazines in 1907 and soon after moved back to London. Mansfield published her first volume of stories in 1911. That year she met John Middleton Murry, the editor of a literary magazine. Together they published a small journal, the Blue Review, which folded after only three issues. The experience led to friendships with such eminent literary figures as Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence. Contracting tuberculosis in 1917, Mansfield continued to write, publishing her collections Bliss and Other Stories and The Garden-Party and Other Stories in 1920 and 1922 respectively. The books received critical acclaim, and Mansfield continued to work even after her health deteriorated sharply. She died in 1923, aged thirty-four.