chapter  7
Language and perspective in Katherine Mansfield’s ‘Prelude’
ByDavid A. Lee
Pages 13

Katherine Mansfield’s ‘Prelude’ (1918/1948) is the story of a family moving into a new house. Its most remarkable feature, according to Tomalin (1988:162), is that it is ‘written in a series of short sections without explanatory or linking passages; the reader is simply plunged directly into one fresh scene, one character’s thoughts, after another’.