Winter 1954 • Vol. XVI No. 1 Book Reviews |

Good Night Sweet Ladies

The Flowers Of Friendship: Letters Written to Gertrude Stein edited by Donald Gallup. Knopf. $5.00. Katherine Mansfield: A Biography by Antony Alpers. Knopf. $5.00. Though Gertrude Stein and Katherine Mansfield did not know one another, they belonged to the same literary period (Miss Stein was fourteen years older than Miss Mansfield), a period now nearly completed. Despite differences in character and sensibility which are doubtless more striking to us than they will be in the future, they had much besides (though possibly as a consequence of) their sex in common. They were, for example, sweet, in very different ways. There is very little that appears sweet in Gertrude Stein's best known work; and the impression, intensified by these letters, that one gets of her is not that of a woman who was sweet in any of the ordinary ways. Yet something that might well be called sweetness was the foundation of her nature. Katherine Mansfield's work, on the other hand, leaves you wi

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Literary critic, Arthur Mizener (1907-1988) was Mellon Foundation Professor of English at Cornell University from 1951 to 1975. In addition to other works, he authored the first biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Far Side of Paradise (1951) along with a biography of Ford Madox Ford, The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford (1971).

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The Flowers Of Friendship: Letters Written to Gertrude Stein edited by Donald Gallup. Knopf. $5.00. Katherine Mansfield: A Biography by Antony Alpers. Knopf. $5.00. Though Gertrude Stein and Katherine Mansfield […]

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