Class Amongst The Kiwis: Katherine Mansfield’s “The Garden Party”

This column is devoted to Western (and sometimes Eastern) “Great Books” or “Classics”. By which process and at what point in time a text reaches this elevated status is, of course, some manner of contention. It’s fun parlor room conversation, though dreadful when participating in an academic conference.

Like my friends on the Supreme Court who, when asked to define pornography, responded “we know it when we see it,” I too have my own system to identify Great Books in various stages of undress. I can do the same with the “minor Classics”. These books or authors are not quite in the pantheon but are of an

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