The Doves' Nest and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield, 1923 edition.


Written by Katherine Mansfield. Introductory notes by John Middleton Murry. First edition, second printing, August 1923. Alfred A Knopf, New York.

The Doll's House

"There stood the doll's house, a dark, oily, spinach green, picked out with bright yellow. Its two solid little chimneys, glued on to the roof, were painted red and white, and the door, gleaming with yellow varnish was like a little slab of toffee. Four windows, real windows, were divided into panes by a broad streak of green. There was actually a tiny porch, too, painted yellow, with big lumps of congealed paint hanging along the edge.

"But perfect, perfect little house! Who could possibly mind the smell? It was part of the joy, part of the newness."

The Doves' Nest is a collection of short stories written contemporary with The Garden Party and after.

The Doll's House
A Cup of Tea
Taking the Veil
The Fly
The Canary

Unfinished Stories:
A Married Man's Story
The Doves' Nest
Six Years After
Father and the Girls
All Serene!
A Bad Idea
A Man and His Dog
Such a Sweet Old Lady
Second Violin
Mr. and Mrs. Williams
Weak Heart

Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) was a New Zealand-born writer and critic who is widely regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the modernist movement. She wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield and published short stories and poetry that explored themes such as anxiety, sexuality, and existentialism, as well as a developing New Zealand identity. She left New Zealand at the age of 19 and settled in England, where she became friends with other prominent writers such as D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, and John Middleton Murry, whom she married in 1918. She was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis in 1917 and died in France at the age of 34. Some of her most celebrated works include "Prelude", "Bliss", "The Garden Party", and "The Daughters of the Late Colonel".
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Condition: Very Good. Missing dust jacket. Green cloth cover boards w/ paper paste-down on spine: On front cover, light white smudge and small black ink mark; loose at fly leaf; chipping of spine pastedown. Textblock: Deckled on two edges, red topstain. Inside: Paper name plate on front pastedown, printed image of the author on front fly leaf (signature and inscription are printed, not original) and author bio on the next page. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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