Second Violins: New Stories Inspired by Katherine Mansfield

Author(s): Marco Sonzogni

New Zealand Literature

Among the numerous pieces of writing that Katherine Mansfield produced during her short life, there were fifteen stories that were not completed on her death but which she had intended for inclusion in her collection named after one of them, The Dove's Nest. This fourth volume of her stories, reproduced here, was published posthumously in 1923. J.B. Priestley wrote of them: 'the merest beginnings are capital reading. Even though we never come to the point, and do not know what the stories are about, it does not seem to matter very much. The delicate enchantments of her art are there as of old.' In tribute to Mansfield and in celebration of the short-story form that she made her own, the first paragraphs of those fifteen stories have been given to a range of top New Zealand writers, not to complete as Mansfield might have intended but to use as a starting place for their own new and contemporary story. Many of the writers have their own connection to Mansfield, such as being a Menton Fellow, winning the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Competition or having researched her work and life, and all are known for the quality of their writing.And each has used the inspiration of Mansfield's writing in a distinct, entertaining and stimulating way. First published October 2008, Auckland


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Marco Sonzogni teaches Italian and comparative literature at Victoria University. The contributors are: Catherine Chidgey, Marilyn Duckworth, Fiona Farrell, James George, Charlotte Grimshaw, Witi Ihimaera, Stephanie Johnson, Fiona Kidman, Carl Nixon, Vincent O'Sullivan, Sarah Quigley, Tracey Slaughter, Alice Tawhai, Peter Wells, Albert Wendt and Bill Manhire

General Fields

  • : 9781869419691
  • : Random House New Zealand Ltd
  • : Vintage New Zealand
  • : October 2008
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Very Good
  • : 405pp
  • : Marco Sonzogni
  • : Paperback
  • : 1st Edition