Gertrude Stein Reader: The Great American Pioneer of Avant-Garde Letters


This anthology collects 51 of Stein's most experimental poems, stories, portraits, and plays.
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This anthology collects 51 of Stein's most experimental poems, stories, portraits, and plays.
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Editorial Reviews

Out Magazine
Avant-garde champion Richard Kostelanetz collects 34 lesser-known works you won't find in Selected Writings, and these 'difficult' pieces—rejected by publishers in their time—are wild, witty, and brilliant. ... In his lively, passionate introduction and in commentary throughout, Kostelanetz elucidates without pretension or condescension. Three cheers.
Richard Howard
There have been many Anthologies, Chrestomathies, and Readers of Gertrude Stein's work, a multiplicity corresponding to the diversity and development of the writings she produced with such astonishing continuity all her life. In his lively selection, Mr. Kostelanetz has successfully represented one aspect of Stein's repertoire and provided a characteristic introduction which surely identifies his particular insight into her work. As Gertrude Stein says in Tender Buttons: 'a line in life, a single line and a stairway.' Congratulations all round!
Catharine R. Stimpson
Richard Kostelanetz is right—again. Gertrude Stein is the great American pioneer of the avant-garde. Kostelanetz shows us Stein in all her bounty, ingenuity, and originality.
Brenda Wineapple
Kostelanetz does it again, gathering Stein's lively, liberating, and cleansing words (the words, as she says, we hold in our hands) in a fine new anthology that includes 'Many Many Women,' 'Wherein the South Differs from the North,' 'Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters,' and 'How Writing is Written'—testimony all to Stein's prescient originality and Kostelanetz's lifelong commitment to it.
June Skinner Sawyers
Gertrude Stein always did things her own way, with no apologies given. Editor Richard Kostelanetz captures the contradictory aspects of her domineering personality and towering presence. He makes quite clear that Stein was a woman for all seasons and for all times.
As Kostelanetz writes in the introduction, though Stein died more than 50 years ago, her writings still feel fresh and contemporary.
Seattle Weekly
A new collection of her more esoteric short-form writing, The Gertrude Stein Reader , advances the cause for an appreciation of Stein at her most avant-garde and unpopular.
As Kostelanetz writes in the introduction, though Stein died more than 50 years ago, her writings still feel fresh and contemporary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815412465
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST COOPER
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Kostelanetz has authored and edited over fifty books, including John Cage: Writer, The Frank Zappa Companion: Four Decades of Commentary, and Writings on Glass: Essays, Interviews, Criticism. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introducing 1
Advertisements 5
Business in Baltimore 12
A Family of Perhaps Three 25
An Instant Answer or A Hundred Prominent Men 34
Old and Old 50
A Collection 63
A Patriotic Leading 68
The Superstitions of Fred Anneday, Annday, Anday: A Novel of Real Life 83
If You Had Three Husbands 92
Rooms 108
We Came. A History 120
Many Many Women 126
Wherein Iowa Differs from Kansas and Indiana 223
France 228
Wherein the South Differs from the North 240
Americans 258
American Biography And Why Waste It 265
Lend a Hand or Four Religions 273
Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters: A Melodrama 307
Are There Six or Another Question 313
Objects Lie on a Table: A Play 314
Civilization: A Play 323
At Present: A Play 360
The First Reader 372
Are There Arithmetics 398
A Bouquet. Their Wills 402
A Movie 432
Film, Deux soeurs qui ne sont pas soeurs 436
How Writing Is Written 438
Sentences and Paragraphs 450
Next. Life and Letters of Marcel Duchamp 461
Forensics 463
Bibliography, 1904-1929 by Gertrude Stein 473
Sources 489
About the Editor 493
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