Join us on a literary world trip!
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Subscribe to read the full book or read the first pages for free!
All characters reduced
The Garden Party - cover

The Garden Party

Katherine Mansfield

Publisher: BertaBooks

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Summary

"Miss mansfield's stories are the life reflected in a round mirror. Everything is exquisitely bright, exquisitely distiner, and just a little queer."

"Miss Mansfield has the genius that can make is short story out of nothing."

These two phrases used by the Nation and the Evening Standard, are representative of the critical praise that greeted Katherine Mansfield's first book of stories publisehd in 1920. The tales that went to the making of Bliss and other stories were everywhere acclaimed as literary art of the high order. The Garden Party have the same bitter-sweet qualities as had their predecessors, with the additional fullness and stature given by their author's more perfect control of her medium.

Published in 1922, The Garden Party and Other Stories was Katherine Mansfield’s third collection of short stories and the last to be published before her death in 1923. Mansfield contracted pulmonary tuberculosis whilst in France in 1918, which equated to a death sentence according to the medicine of the period. She channelled the devastation and anguish of this diagnosis into her work, and wrote urgently, prolifically and to great acclaim in the final five years of her life. The year she wrote the stories in Garden Party (1920–21) was the most fruitful period of her short writing career.

The collection is infused with a sense of the ineffable, as Mansfield probed below the surface and beyond appearances. Many of the stories’ episodes, characters and settings are, in part, autobiographical, particularly those set in New Zealand, Mansfield’s home country. ‘The Garden Party’ – one of Mansfield’s best-known works – is set in Mansfield’s childhood home in Tinakori Road, and explores a death that happened on nearby Saunders Road, the day her family had a garden party.
Available since: 08/02/2017.

Other books that might interest you

  • Black Bark - cover

    Black Bark

    Brian Evenson

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    "Black Bark" is a short horror story by award-winning author Brian Evenson, one of 35 entries in the audio horror anthology Come Join Us by the Fire. 
    A story-within-a-story vexes two cowboys on the run, looking for a cabin that may not exist.  
    Come Join Us by the Fire, edited by Theresa DeLucci, is an audio-only horror anthology of 35 short stories from Nightfire Books, a horror imprint of Tor Books. The collection showcases the breadth of talent writing in the horror genre today, with contributions from a wide range of bestselling genre luminaries including China Miéville, Chuck Wendig, Richard Kadrey, and Victor LaValle; Shirley Jackson Award winners Paul Tremblay, Priya Sharma, and Sam J. Miller; Nebula Award winners Brooke Bolander, Alyssa Wong, Kij Johnson; and many, many more.
    Show book
  • The Werewolves - cover

    The Werewolves

    Henry Beaugrand

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    An eerie tale of how early pioneers in Canada are threatened by a pack of native werewolves. The watchman at the fort spots what he takes to be an Indian campfire on the other side of the frozen river. He fires warning shots and rouses the camp, but a party sent to investigate finds no trace of any human activity.The sentry is arrested, but an old tracker's story suggests the circumstances could be much more sinister than it appears. In his experience, the disappearance of the campfire suggests that a pack of werewolves is in the neighbourhood...
    Show book
  • The Light Princess - cover

    The Light Princess

    George MacDonald

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    A beautiful, tragic, and hopeful tale, this story centers around such themes as love, loss, and empathy.  While floating through life may provide this heroine with a seemingly carefree existence, she has to find real love to teach her the importance of genuine emotion as well as the gifts of sacrifice and selflessness.This series, published by ONE audiobooks, seeks to produce Classic Christian titles read by well known and loved audiobook narrators.  ONE takes great care to cast these titles with readers who will provide an unmatched listening experience for these important works.Simon Bubb brings his passion to every performance and is considered to be one of the top audiobook narrators in the industry.
    Show book
  • Thousand Li A: The Favored Son - A Cultivation Short Story - cover

    Thousand Li A: The Favored Son -...

    Tao Wong

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    Winter is a time of reflection and cultivation for the Verdant Green Waters Sect. For Wu Ying, this peaceful interlude is interrupted by a new assignment that pits him against the mortal world’s conventions of class and privilege. 
    A short story set in the world of A Thousand Li between books 2 and 3 of the series, set in the Verdant Green Waters Society.
    Show book
  • The World's Shortest Stories - cover

    The World's Shortest Stories

    Steven Moss

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    Murder.  Love.  Horror.  Suspense.  All this and much more in the most amazing short stories ever written--each one just 55 words long!Consider for a moment 55 words.  It's an absurdly tiny number.  No, it's an impossible tiny number.  It's what O. Henry might have conjured up if he'd only had the back of a business card to write upon.  You'll find murder and suspense, horror and intrigue, love and betrayal, plus distant worlds and inner demons.All in a measly 55 words!
    Show book
  • The Canterville Ghost - A Victorian Ghost Story - cover

    The Canterville Ghost - A...

    Oscar Wilde

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    The American Otis family moves into the old English country house Canterville Chase. They are warned that the house is haunted before they move in but are unconcerned at first. They soon accept that the ghost is real but are not frightened by it. The ghost, who had been frightening all those who stayed at Canterville Chase for three hundred years, takes the Americans' unwillingness to be scared by him as a great insult. He grows to despise them all, except for the teenage daughter Virginia, who he feels is different from the rest of her family. At the end of the story, the ghost asks for Virginia's help to lift the curse which is on him and allow him to rest in peace.
    Show book