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Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923) was a master short-story writer in the modernist movement. Born in New Zealand, she spent most of her late teens and adult life writing in Europe. Like many of Mansfield’s stories, “Miss Brill” deals with themes of loneliness, denial, and alienation. The story follows the titular protagonist on her usual Sunday afternoon at the park, where Miss Brill does very little except observe the people around her. “Miss Brill” was published in Mansfield’s third collection of short stories, The Garden Party and Other Stories (1922), shortly before her death in 1923 at age 34.

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