Teacher Guide

The Garden Party Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Garden Party

The Garden Party and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by Katherine Mansfield. Mansfield was a modernist writer and a contemporary of the likes of Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence. The collection is comprised of a number of stories influenced both by her upbringing in New Zealand and her education and life in London and the French Riviera.

Key Aspects of The Garden Party


Most of Mansfield’s stories are written analytically, examining and criticizing social institutions around her. She was particularly scathing of class and how that impacts people’s behavior towards each other. Many of her stories also adopt a humorous and witty tone.


The stories take place...

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