The Aloe

Katherine Mansfield

Date Published :
October 2010
Publisher :
Capuchin Classics
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ISBN : 9781907429088
Pages : 102
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Linda Burnell dreams, listless and distant, whilst downstairs her mother sets in order the family's new home in the New Zealand countryside. Her vigorous and exhausting husband, Stanley, is at the office, but will return with eager and admiring eyes. Her children prepare lunch on a concrete step and her sister sings love songs to an imaginary young man. This is The Aloe, which Katherine Mansfield wrote to crystallize the memories of her childhood. It was reworked to become her acclaimed Prelude. But the original is very different - in style, detail and texture - giving us a wonderful short novel in its own right. The text has been prepared by Vincent O'Sullivan, the renowned Mansfield scholar.

About The Author

Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) was born in Wellington, New Zealand, but moved to Europe in 1903. In London she befriended modernist writers such as D.H Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. Her own work influenced by Anton Chekhov, is thought by many to have taken the short story form to its ultimate pitch.

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