Gertrude Stein: Selections / Edition 1

Gertrude Stein: Selections / Edition 1

by Gertrude Stein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520248066

ISBN-13: 9780520248069

Pub. Date: 04/14/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

This selection of Gertrude Stein's work is taken from the three-decade period between 1905 and 1936, when the iconic modernist poet was engaged in an astounding number of still-surprising literary experiments whose innovations continue to influence all the arts. In her brilliant introduction, Joan Retallack provides the historical and biographical context for Stein's…  See more details below

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This selection of Gertrude Stein's work is taken from the three-decade period between 1905 and 1936, when the iconic modernist poet was engaged in an astounding number of still-surprising literary experiments whose innovations continue to influence all the arts. In her brilliant introduction, Joan Retallack provides the historical and biographical context for Stein's lifelong project of composing a "continuous present" that parallels many of the most important technological and scientific developments of her era. In suggesting a performative "reading poesis" for these works, Retallack follows Stein's dictum by arguing that to actively experience the work is to enjoy it, and to enjoy it is to understand it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520248069
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/14/2008
Series:
Poets for the Millennium Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
917,008
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations     vii
Introduction   Joan Retallack     3
Texts
Melanctha (excerpt, from Three Lives, 1905)     85
The Making of Americans (excerpt, 1911)     99
Picasso (1911)     104
Flirting at the Bon Marche (1911)     107
Bon Marche Weather (1911)     110
Orta or One Dancing (excerpt, 1912)     112
Susie Asado (1912)     125
Tender Buttons: Objects, Food (1913)     126
Scenes from the Door (from Useful Knowledge, 1918)     164
Photograph (1920)     167
A Movie (1920)     171
An Elucidation (1923)     174
If I Told Him, A Completed Portrait of Picasso (1923)     190
Fourteen Anonymous Portraits (1923)     194
Are There Arithmetics (1923)     198
Business in Baltimore (1925)     201
Composition as Explanation (1926)     215
Patriarchal Poetry (excerpt, 1927)     226
Sentences and Paragraphs (from How to Write, 1930)     242
History or Messages from History (1930)     254
We Came. A History (1930)     274
Stanzas in Meditation (excerpt, 1932)     280
Lecture I (from Narration, 1934)     287
Identity a Poem (1935)     301
What Are Master-pieces and Why Are There So Few of Them (1936)     308
Documents
"With Apologies to Gertrude Stein," newspaper advertisement (n.d.)     321
Two love notes from Stein to Toklas (n.d.): "Dear dainty delicious darling" and "Ir/Re/Sis/Ti/Belle"     322
Virgil Thomson, Letter to Gertrude Stein (May 30, 1933)     324
"Stein Opera Sung by All-Negro Cast," New York Times (February 9, 1934)     328
Thornton Wilder, Introduction to Narration (1935)     332
Selected Bibliography     337
Acknowledgments of Permissions     347

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