Geography and Plays

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Geography and Plays is a collection of Gertrude Stein’s writing from about 1908 to 1920. Originally published in 1922 with an introduction by Sherwood Anderson, it has been almost inaccessible for many years. This edition makes it possible for students and other devotees of Stein to see the developing strategies of one of the acknowledged giants of literary modernism, whose pathbreaking departures in literary style have recently been assigned still greater importance in light of new theories about women’s ...

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Overview

Geography and Plays is a collection of Gertrude Stein’s writing from about 1908 to 1920. Originally published in 1922 with an introduction by Sherwood Anderson, it has been almost inaccessible for many years. This edition makes it possible for students and other devotees of Stein to see the developing strategies of one of the acknowledged giants of literary modernism, whose pathbreaking departures in literary style have recently been assigned still greater importance in light of new theories about women’s writing. A new introduction by Cyrena N. Pondrom provides contemporary readers with a fine orientation to the importance of Stein’s achievement in this early work.

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“Here is one artist who has been able to accept ridicule, who has even foregone the privilege of writing the Great American Novel, uplifting our English-speaking stage and wearing the bays of the great poets, to go live among the little housekeeping words, the swaggering bullying street-corner words, and all the other forgotten and neglected citizens of the sacred and half-forgotten city.”—Sherwood Anderson, from the introduction to the 1922 edition

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Makes available at reasonable cost Stein's 1922 collection. Preceding the original introduction by Sherwood Anderson is an "Introduction to the Achievement of Gertrude Stein" by Cyrena N. Pondrom, and an anaylsis of the contents of the work by style and chronology. Notes on the contents and dates, an index of works, and a bibliography follow the selections. Paper edition (unseen), ($14.95). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Geography and Plays  is a cornucopia of genre:  there are poems, stories, plays, portraits, and perhaps ‘essays’.  In short, the collection is a one-volume introduction to the most boldly experimental period in the work of the most boldly experimental American writer of the twentieth century.”—Cyrena N. Pondrom, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“More and more clearly, Stein is being seen for what she is:  one of the towering figures of modernism and of experiments with language and literary genre.  Geography and Plays  is a central text in Stein’s oeuvre  and in literary modernism.”—Catharine R. Stimpson, Rutgers University

“Here is one artist who has been able to accept ridicule, who has even foregone the privilege of writing the Great American Novel, uplifting our English-speaking stage and wearing the bays of the great poets, to go live among the little housekeeping words, the swaggering bullying street-corner words, and all the other forgotten and neglected citizens of the sacred and half-forgotten city.”—Sherwood Anderson, from the Introduction to the 1922 edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299134747
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/1993
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 434
  • Sales rank: 1,450,642
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gertrude Stein (1874–1946) is also the author of Three Lives, Tender Buttons, The Making of Americans, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, and dozens of other novels, plays, poems, and stories. Cyrena N. Pondrom is professor of English and director of the Women’s Studies Research Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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Table of Contents

An Introduction to the Achievement of Gertrude Stein
    By Cyrena N. Pondrom Analysis of Contents of Geography and Plays
    By Style and Chronology

Geography and Plays The Work of Gertrude Stein
    By Sherwood Anderson Table of Contents of Original Edition

Notes on Contents and Dates of Composition Bibliography Index of Works General Index

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