Tag: 1910s

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    The Secret Garden cover by Graham Rust Mary looking in through the gate

    The Secret Garden is a novel by British-American Frances Hodgson Burnett, originally published in serialised form in America between 1910-11, the end of the Edwardian era in England. We now consider this a story for children, probably because the main characters are children. Surprising to me: this story was originally aimed at an adult readership. […]

  • The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame Analysis

    A man in the shape of a Mole’s body feels a yearning which can only be fulfilled by entering the most transgressive parts of his own psychology, externally represented by the Wild Wood. On his journey, he meets other men, each driven by their own secret (and not so secret) passions.

  • The Toys of Peace by Saki Short Story Analysis

    Pruett Carter (1891-1955) tree guns

    “The Toys of Peace” (1919) is a short story by H.H. Munro (a.k.a. Saki) and is out of copyright so can easily be found online. This is the opening short story in a collection called The Toys Of Peace And Other Papers by H.H. Munro (and G.K. Chesterton). This volume was published after Saki’s death.…

  • Mr Reginald Peacock’s Day by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    ‘Le Soir’, a decorative panel by Camille Martin (1861-1898)

    r Reginald Peacock’s Day” (1917) is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, functioning mainly as a character study.

  • The Little Governess by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    George Dunlop Leslie - Roses

    Katherine Mansfield wrote. It’s a cautionary tale without the Perrault didacticism. It’s Little Red Riding Hood, but social realism. This story exists to say, “You’re not alone.” It’s a gendered story, about the specifically femme experience of being alone in public space. Some critics find the ending inadequate. This is a stellar example of a lyrical short story with emotional closure but no plot closure. And it only succeeds in offering emotional closure if the reader can identify with the experience.

  • A Blaze by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    William Lipincott - Love's Ambush

    “A Blaze” (1911) is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, included in her German Pension collection. This is a story about a dynamic known in Japan as amae.

  • Feuille d’Album by Katherine Mansfield Analysis

    James Jacques Joseph Tissot - Holyday

    “Feuille d’Album” (1917) is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, included in the Bliss collection. The word ‘album’ comes from Latin, neuter of albus ‘white’, and used as a noun means ‘a blank tablet’. This is the story of a man who appears to have no personality. Because of this, a group of women become fascinated by him,…

  • Psychology by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    Edwardian Interior c.1907 by Harold Gilman 1876-1919

    “Psychology” (1919) is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, redolent with sexual tension which unexpectedly morphs into something else at the end. As expected from the title, the bulk of the story comprises a character’s interiority. After first setting the mood, Mansfield gets right into a woman’s feelings. Yet do we feel we know her? We must read between the spaces, what I call ‘Mansfield Gaps’. Everyone fills the gaps differently in a lyrical short story; this is my interpretation.

  • How Pearl Button Was Kidnapped by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “How Pearl Button Was Kidnapped” is a modernist short story by Katherine Mansfield, published 1912. At its heart, “Pearl Button” is a story about a clash of two cultures seen through a child’s eyes. This story plays out as a duality of restriction and freedom. The European settlers are restricted while the Māori people enjoy…

  • See Saw by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    See Saw by Frederick Morgan

    “See Saw” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, published 1919. Before Katherine Mansfield (and similar writers e.g. Chekhov) came along, stories were all about storytelling. The whole point of telling a story: To immerse the reader in a fascinating event, to paint a picture of setting and character, and possibly to teach readers a…

  • Carnation by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    “Carnation” (1918) is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, included in her Something Childish collection. I like this one very much — a rare story of blossoming female friendship. SETTING OF “CARNATION” Mansfield often opens stories in medias res and grounds us in the setting: On those hot days The entire story takes place in…

  • Something Childish But Very Natural by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    interior of old fashioned train

    “Something Childish But Very Natural” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, published 1913, 1924. The story is named after a poem Harry reads in the book-stall. The poem is by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This poem provides Mansfield’s re-visioning with a nutshell emotional arc: