"In a German Pension" was Katherine Mansfield's first book. It was published in 1911, when she was twentyone. The sketches and stories which compose it first appeared in The New Age during the two previous years.
"In a German Pension" met with a considerable success on its appearance. It ran quickly into three editions. Then the publisher defaulted and was made bankrupt. The stereotyped plates disappeared into the void, and with them all hope of royalties.
Katherine Mansfield was not very disappointed. She quickly became indifferent to the book; then hostile. It represented for her a phase of youthful bitterness and crude cynicism which she desired to disown for ever. How alien to herself she considered it may be judged from the fact that at the outbreak of the war with Germany . . .
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