Making of Americans: Being a History of a Family's Progress

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In The Making of Americans, Gertrude Stein sets out to tell "a history of a family's progress," radically reworking the traditional family saga novel to encompass her vision of personality and psychological relationships. As the history progresses over three generations, Stein also meditates on her own writing, on the making of The Making of Americans, and on America.

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Overview

In The Making of Americans, Gertrude Stein sets out to tell "a history of a family's progress," radically reworking the traditional family saga novel to encompass her vision of personality and psychological relationships. As the history progresses over three generations, Stein also meditates on her own writing, on the making of The Making of Americans, and on America.

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"Essential for all literature collections... Several of Stein's titles returned to print in 1995, but none more important than The Making of Americans." -- Library Journal

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From the "I can't believe this is out of print" file comes Stein's monster of a novel, which was initially serialized by Hemingway and Ford Madox Ford in the Transatlantic Review. Although Stein does not follow convention, the plot portrays three generations of an American family. An abridged edition was released in 1934, but this is a facsimile of the original text published in Paris in 1925 by Robert McAlmon's Contact Editions. Essential for all literature collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564780881
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Series: American Literature Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 926
  • Sales rank: 780,707
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gertrude Stein, born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, in 1874, is a renowned American writer, poet, and art collector. The author of more than a dozen books and countless works of criticism, Stein died in France in 1946.

William H. Gass—essayist, novelist, literary critic—was born in Fargo,
North Dakota. He has been the recipient of the first PEN/Nabokov Award,
the PEN/Spielvogel-Diamondstein Award for the Art of the Essay, three
National Book Critic Circle Awards for Criticism, a Lannan Foundation
Lifetime Achievement Award, the Award for Fiction and the Medal of Merit for Fiction from the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations. He lives in
St. Louis.

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    Miss Stein focuses her genius on each sentence. Don't be discouraged by its length, nor the fact that she does not accomplish what she sets out to do. The grandness of the experiment lies in its scope. Like an empty zeppelin hangar with a soaring architecture that rivals an airship, form often acts as a surrogate for substance.

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