100 Best Gertrude Stein Quotes

100 Best Gertrude Stein Quotes

by Alicia Bones
     
 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Gertrude Stein has achieved mythic status in the literary world. Her work has been beloved and besmirched, high on the bestseller list and forgotten entirely, called inaccessible, innovative, insane, and all quality polarities in between. 

Yet, the question remains: Who was the writer and woman behind the mythos?…  See more details below

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Gertrude Stein has achieved mythic status in the literary world. Her work has been beloved and besmirched, high on the bestseller list and forgotten entirely, called inaccessible, innovative, insane, and all quality polarities in between. 

Yet, the question remains: Who was the writer and woman behind the mythos?

Through quotes taken from her huge body of work and from a mouth that reportedly never stopped flapping, readers can discern Stein as a whole woman, a woman who recognized her own genius, nourished artists of all spheres, loved her partner, Alice B. Toklas, and claimed an American upbringing, but a French soul.

MEET THE AUTHOR

In 1855, the Boston Intelligencer said of Walt Whitman: "The author should be kicked out from all decent society as below the level of the brute." Taking this as a quote regarding all writers, Alicia Bones is trying to live, write, and teach while keeping decent company and staying above the law. She will teach English in Yantai, China through June of this year, and hopefully legitimize her life in grad school starting next fall. She blogs on American life at http://aliciabones.wordpress.com.

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

When Gertrude was five years old, her family settled in Oakland, California, where Gertrude would spend the rest of her childhood. She would famously speak of her hometown, saying, "There is no there there." Although many Oakland residents take this as an insult to their city, according to an explanation provided on Gertrude Stein Online, Stein made the statement when she tried to find her childhood home, only to discover it had been demolished.

However, she didn't think that writers lived in the same consciousness as everyone else. Instead, she believed they lived in a sort of double consciousness, in the world and outside of it. "After all everybody, that is, everybody who writes is interested in living inside themselves in order to tell what is inside themselves. That is why writers have to have two countries, the one where they belong and the one in which they live really. The second one is romantic, is is separate from themselves, it is not real but it is really there," Stein explained of this writerly double life.

CHAPTER OUTLINE

100 Best Gertrude Stein Quotes
+ Context: The Writer and the Woman
+ Quotes from Gertrude
+ Conclusion
+ Sources

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014406802
Publisher:
Hyperink
Publication date:
05/09/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
701 KB

Meet the Author

In 1855, the Boston Intelligencer said of Walt Whitman: “The author should be kicked out from all decent society as below the level of the brute.” Taking this as a quote regarding all writers, Alicia Bones is trying to live, write, and teach while keeping decent company and staying above the law. She will teach English in Yantai, China through June of this year, and hopefully legitimize her life in grad school starting next fall. She blogs on American life at http://aliciabones.wordpress.com.

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