Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein

Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein

by Gertrude Stein
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Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein by Gertrude Stein

"This collection, a retrospective exhibit of the work of a woman who created a unique place for herself in the world of letters, contains a sample of practically every period and every manner in Gertrude Stein's career. It includes The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas in its entirety; selected passages from The Making of Americans; "Melanctha"from Three Lives; portraits of the painters Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso; Tender Buttons; the opera Four Saints in Three Acts; and poem, plays, lectures, articles, sketches, and a generous portion of her famous book on the Occupation of France, Wars I Have Seen.

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ISBN-13: 9780307829856
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/24/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 736
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Gertrude Stein was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, on February 3, 1874. At Radcliffe College she studied under William James, who remained her lifelong friend, and then went to Johns Hopkins to study medicine. Abandoning her studies, she moved to Paris with her brother Leo in 1903. At 27 rue de Fleurus, Gertrude Stein lived with Alice B. Toklas, who would remain her companion for 40 years. Not only was she an innovator in literature and a supporter of modern poetry and art, she was the friend and mentor of those who visited her at her now-famous home: Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Jean Cocteau, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sherwood Anderson, and Guillaume Apollinaire. Her body of work include Three LivesTender ButtonsThe Making of Americans, and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like to begin by saying that I am not an authority on poetry. In fact, prior to this year it had been a genre of writing I had been content to overlook. However, after being introduced to Stein and a handful of others, I have come to find that I am developing an appreciation for the varying elements and methods within a poetic work. Now, I single Stein out specifically because her writing represents almost the exact -opposite- of what I had been told poetry should be. The poetry I knew, prior to reading her, adhered to a strict set of rules and the words had their place within their structuring. Stein sets herself apart from such rigor. Instead of following proven patterns she plays with her words. In her poems – her prose, the English language becomes little more than legos. The words are fit together in seemingly nonsensical sentences, but if one reads her writing aloud (and really she must be read aloud) then the method to her madness becomes more apparent. Stein's writing is largely pieced together by sound. The words, in their repetition (or many repetitions as is often the case), carry patterned cadences that allow a reader to literally get lost within them. If you are an individual who can appreciate wordplay, or if you have ever – for the sheer pleasure of it, taken a word and repeated it until it no longer held definition, then I would recommend reading Stein's works.