Feuille d'Album (short story)

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Feuille d'Album is a 1917 short story by Katherine Mansfield. It was first published in the New Age on 20 September 1917 under the title of An Album Leaf.[1] A revised version later appeared in Bliss and Other Stories.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Ian French, a painter, cannot seem to fall in love with any woman. One evening, he spots a neighbour whom he feels attracted to. He then follows her while she is out shopping on a Thursday, and was talking to her while he had an egg in his hand and then gave her back.

Characters in Feuille d'Album[edit]

  • Ian French, a painter; likes to sit in cafés in Paris. He lives in a studio.
  • his neighbour, a girl his age, who goes out shopping on Thursdays.

Major themes[edit]

  • love-sickness perhaps.

Literary significance[edit]

The text is written in the modernist mode, without a set structure, and with many shifts in the narrative.


  1. ^ The New Age. Volume 21, Number 21. Retrieved on July 28, 2014.
  2. ^ Katherine Mansfield, Selected Stories, Oxford World's Classics, explanatory notes

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