Tag: 1920s

  • The Killers by Ernest Hemingway Analysis

    The Killers by Ernest Hemingway

    “The Killers” is a short story by Ernest Hemingway, first published 1927. Dorthy Parker goes on record as declaring “The Killers” the best short story of 1929. The great Dorothy Parker had this to say about it: The Best Short Stories of 1927 is distinguished by the inclusion of in it of Ernest Hemingway’s superb […]

  • Big Blonde by Dorothy Parker Analysis

    “Big Blonde” (1929) by Dorothy Parker is a short story in five parts, included in various collections. We can read it for free online. The ‘Good Sport’ girl is the grandmother of Gillian Flynn’s ‘Cool Girl’. When Gillian Flynn published Gone Girl, our culture had a new phrase to describe the kind of woman who […]

  • At The Bay by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    Albert Chevallier Tayler - The Mirror 1914

    “At the Bay” (1921) is considered one of Mansfield’s best short stories, by a writer at the height of her powers. This is one of the three about the Burnell family, who also star in “Prelude” and “The Doll’s House“. “At The Bay” is an interesting case study for writers, for so many reasons. Notably: […]

  • Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    Louis Haghe - The Ballroom, Buckingham Palace, 17 June 1856

    “Her First Ball” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, written 1921. Though this story is nigh on 100 years old, it’s a tale of pick up artist culture, and reminds of the ‘toolies’ who attend Schoolies Week here in Australia. STORY STRUCTURE OF “HER FIRST BALL” Leila has turned 18, so must now attend […]

  • The Escape by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    The Escape Katherine Mansfield

    It’s almost impossible to read Katherine Mansfield’s “The Escape” (1920) without linking back to the author’s own biography. But perhaps we shouldn’t look to Mansfield’s relationship with a man in order to understand where this story might have come from. Biographer Claire Tomalin has said this about Mansfield: [Mansfield] was a liar all her life […]

  • The Doll’s House by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    Benjamin Leader - A Relic of the Past

    “The Doll’s House” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, set in New Zealand, written 1922. This is Mansfield’s most accessible story, and a good introduction to her work. Its main themes are seen across children’s literature as well. Unlike stories such as “The Garden Party” and “Bliss”, the reader is not required to fill […]

  • Sun and Moon by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    SUN AND MOON

    “Sun and Moon” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, written 1918. The story opens with a description of gold chairs, which reminds me of a totally unrelated Colin Carpenter (Comedy Company) skit: https://youtu.be/LJtNHs4BfYg And while I’m being random, I read recently in a Marcus Chown science book that tides are caused by both the […]

  • The Voyage by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    the voyage katherine mansfield

    “The Voyage” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, written 1921. Katherine Mansfield always disliked intellectualism and aestheticism (one thing she had in common with her husband John Middleton Murray). She strove to combine a realist way of writing with personal and relatable symbols. “The Voyage” is a good example of her philosophy on that. […]

  • Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield Short Story Analysis

    Miss Brill Katherine Mansfield

    “Miss Brill” is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, written 1920, three years before she died. The emotional valence of “Miss Brill” is similar to that in “Bliss“. In both stories, a young woman starts off happy but then an unwelcome Anagnorisis sends her plunging into a downcast mood. In both stories, the reader must […]