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The author of the book: Katherine Mansfield
Edition: RCS Mediagroup Spa
Date of issue: December 20th 2012
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Whilst I enjoyed the short stories in here, I was surprised that Bliss wasn’t included. It is her most renowned short story and, perhaps, her best one because it shows us the power of an unreliable narrator in a memorable way. I don’t think this edition is very helpful to those looking for an introduction to Mansfield, I’d recommend starting with Bliss.
The main story in here is called Miss Brill, and the character, Miss Brill, has built herself a little bubble to protect herself from reality; she has created a little fantasy life that is crumbling around her as her loneliness pushes in. She eavesdrops on people in the park and imagines future conversations with them that she will never have. She tries so hard to continue with her life, though she, ultimately, realises that she has been rejected by those around her: she is alone.
“Yes, I have been an actress for a long time.
Miss Brill is, indeed, a sad creature. She has practically detached herself from her own emotions; she seems unaware that it is, in fact, her crying at the destitute that is her life. She just doesn’t perceive that it’s herself. So this is a deeply felt little tale of woe. That being said though, Bliss is a much better short story. It is one you have to read a multitude of times to get the full effect and fully comprehend the remarkability of it. So, if you’re interested in Mansfield I’d start there.
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Read information about the authorKathleen Mansfield Murry was a prominent New Zealand modernist writer of short fiction who wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield.
Katherine Mansfield is widely considered one of the best short story writers of her period. A number of her works, including "Miss Brill", "Prelude", "The Garden Party", "The Doll's House", and later works such as "The Fly", are frequently collected in short story anthologies. 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 S Elliot, 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.
Mansfield's stories were the first of significance in English to be written without a conventional plot. Supplanting the strictly structured plots of her predecessors in the genre (Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard Kipling, H. G. 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 inevitabilty of these paradoxes. Oblique narration (influenced by Chekhov but certainly developed by Mansfield) includes the use of symbolism - the doll's house lamp, the fly, the pear tree - hinting at the hidden layers of meaning. Suggestion and implication replace direct detail.
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