‘Prelude’ by Katherine Mansfield was the first short story that Virginia Woolf commissioned for Hogarth Press. We re-read it and tried to work out what Woolf might have seen in it…

3 thoughts on “KATHERINE MANSFIELD: A ‘Prelude’ to What?

  1. Hi – In your discussion of Mansfield’s writing about class, as she was writing about her New Zealand background, her experience of class was very different from Woolf’s. She and her friends mixed with New Zealand high society, going to events with governors’ and premiers’ daughters, but her father had started out with no place in ‘society’ and little money.

    1. Thanks for listening to our discussion about ‘Prelude’. You are quite right about Woolf’s and Mansfield’s different experiences of class, and these differences seep into their work.

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