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Katherine Mansfield’s short story “The Fly” first appeared in the British publication The Nation and Athenaeum in 1922. Set in the shadow of World War I, “The Fly” explores an elderly man’s internal experience of grief over his son’s death as he torments a fly attempting to escape an inkpot in his office. Published a year before the end of Mansfield's tragically short life, “The Fly” perfectly captures the writing style that made her an influential author in the Modernist movement.

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