A brilliant modernist classic—now available for the first time in a stand-alone edition
This dreamy, formally audacious story of a summer’s day in the life of one family is a small masterpiece by Katherine Mansfield, hailed as “one of the great modernist writers. Virginia Woolf said of Mansfield, hers was ”the only writing I have ever been jealous of."
A modernist master of cool precision and extraordinary delicacy, Mansfield wrote about family life with a sharp radicalism, and At the Bay is one of her greatest works. Told in thirteen parts, beginning early in the morning and ending at dusk, At the Bay captures both the Burnell family’s intricate web of relatives and friends, and the dreamy, unassuming natural beauty of Crescent Bay.
Haunting but ever understated, At the Bay is as timeless novella, and a testament to Mansfield’s remarkable powers.
Series Overview: Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers but beloved and practiced by literature’s greatest writers. The Art of the Novella Series celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners. The series has been recognized for its “excellence in design” by AIGA.