Katherine Mansfield's Fiction

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Chapter Seven

Stories from the Posthumous Collection
Something Childish and Other Stories (1924)

John Middleton Murry's excuse for printing all of KM's final work does not apply to Something Childish and Other Stories or to his reprinting of In a German Pension, Mansfield's first collection. Something Childish is an apt title for the collection, for it contains, along with German Pension, some of KM's juvenalia. Six of the 25 stories in the book were written before German Pension, but what makes them and other stories in this volume of juvenalia is their "youthful bitterness and crude cynicism" (Murry 695). Some of these stories, such as "The Woman at the Store," are exercises in a genre—the murder mystery—that KM later abandoned. Murry writes in his introduction: "I have no doubt that Katherine Mansfield, were she still alive, would not have suffered some of these stories to appear" (523).

Time and maturity had taught KM that the way to reach a more sophisticated audience was to write on more universal themes, and to temper her outlook on life and humanity with pity and understanding. KM did not like to be reminded of her earlier faults, and she thought that the publication of these earlier works would denigrate her later work with which she was more satisfied. But Murry's opinion, which he had expressed to KM in 1920 when the success of Bliss made publishers want to reprint In a German Pension, was that a writer could not "annihilate" any work he or she did not like by refusing to have it reprinted (696). Mansfield would placate Murry by promising to write a new introduction to In a German Pension if the time ever came to reprint it, with a warning to the public that she was "not like that anymore" (Murry 523). But death cut off her wishes, and Murry did what he thought best.

In her will, KM left all her papers to Murry with the instructions: "I should like him to publish as little as possible and tear up and burn as much as possible" (Alpers 341). Murry was

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