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At the Bay

64 Pages

Published December 2016

At the Bay
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A brilliant modernist classic--now available for the first time in a stand-alone edition

This dreamy, formally audacious story of a summer's day in the life of one family is a small masterpiece by Katherine Mansfield, hailed as "one of the great modernist writers. Virginia Woolf said of Mansfield, hers was "the only writing I have ever been jealous of."

A modernist master of cool precision and extraordinary delicacy, Mansfield wrote about family life with a sharp radicalism, and At the Bay is one of her greatest works. Told in thirteen parts, beginning early in the morning and ending at dusk, At the Bay captures both the Burnell family's intricate web of relatives and friends, and the dreamy, unassuming natural beauty of Crescent Bay.

Haunting but ever understated, At the Bay is as timeless novella, and a testament to Mansfield's remarkable powers.

Praises

“The only writing I have ever been jealous of.” —Virginia Woolf

“By the time of her death in 1923, at age 34, she was being acclaimed as one of the few truly outstanding short-story writers in English, and with minor fluctuations her reputation has held firm ever since.” —The New York Times

“A courageous, reckless character—by turns precociously sensual, cynical, and childish … There are stories of hers that last, because they have her sting, delicacy, and wit.” —V.S. Pritchett, The New Yorker

“[Mansfield has brought] her inventions right over the threshold of art. They are extraordinarily solid; they have lived so long in her mind that she knows all about them and can ransack them for the difficult, rare, essential points.” —Rebecca West
“The only writing I have ever been jealous of.” —Virginia Woolf

“By the time of her death in 1923, at age 34, she was being acclaimed as one of the few truly outstanding short-story writers in English, and with minor fluctuations her reputation has held firm ever since.” —The New York Times

“A courageous, reckless character—by turns precociously sensual, cynical, and childish … There are stories of hers that last, because they have her sting, delicacy, and wit.” —V.S. Pritchett, The New Yorker

“[Mansfield has brought] her inventions right over the threshold of art. They are extraordinarily solid; they have lived so long in her mind that she knows all about them and can ransack them for the difficult, rare, essential points.” —Rebecca West

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