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CRITICISM

Daly, Saralyn R. Katherine Mansfield, Revised Edition. (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1994, 149 p.

Critical overview of the life and works of Katherine Mansfield; includes an analysis of “The Fly.”

Kobler, J. F. Katherine Mansfield: A Study of the Short Fiction. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1990, 172 p.

Detailed study of Mansfield's short stories, with brief analyses of individual tales.

Thomas, J. D. “Symbol and Parallelism in ‘The Fly,’” in College English 22, No. 4 (January, 1961): 256; 261-62.

Argues that the fly represents a life force, and that the conclusion of the story has to do with the boss overcoming his grief and motivations for suicide.

Additional coverage of Mansfield's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 104, 134; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 162; DISCovering Authors; DISCovering Authors: British; DISCovering Authors: Canadian; DISCovering Authors Modules: Most-Studied Authors; Major 20th-Century Writers, Ed. 2; Short Story Criticism, Vols. 9, 23; and World Literature Criticism.

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