Name: Kate Bernheimer, editor of xo Orpheus: 50 New Myths
Favorite Penguin Classic Title/Author: The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield
Why do you love this Penguin Classic?: These mystical socialist stories are always new. A translucid free indirect narrative moves through these tales as a ghost might pass through a séance. Mansfield is a spiritual and ethical writer and her work is as illuminating as Chekhov’s – though critics have underestimated her feminine style.
What should I read next?: You can never go wrong with an exquisite and scary collection of fairy tales – I’d start with Penguin Classics Deluxe Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen and then move on to Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories.