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How I Read Gertrude Stein
Lew Welch
0912516232
Apr 1995
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The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Gertrude Stein
067972463X
March 1990
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From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Kirsten Backstrom
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas is actually the autobiography of Gertrude Stein. With complete self-assurance and audacity, speaking through the unassuming persona of her companion Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein indulged herself delightfully in this ode to Gertrude Stein and her literary/artistic circle. Perhaps she was quoting Alice's actual words when she wrote "I may say that only three times in my life have I met a genius and each time a bell within me rang and I was not mistaken." One of the geniuses referred to is, of course, Gertrude Stein herself. Fortunately, her conceit is leavened with irony and word-play, and the gossip is elevated to the level of myth by the stature of its subjects. Gertrude Stein wrote, and apparently lived, with self-conscious...


Three Lives
Gertrude Stein
0140181849
May 1990
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Book Description
Gertrude Stein, as a college student at Radcliffe and a medical student at Johns Hopkins Medical School, was a privileged woman, but she was surrounded by women who were trapped by poverty, class, and race into lives that offered little choice. Her portraits of Anna and Lena are examples of realistic depictions of immigrant women who had no occupational choice but to become domestic workers. This collection of documents from the history of women's suffrage, medical history, modernist art, and literature enables readers to see how radical Stein's subject was.


The Book of Salt
Monique Truong
0618446885
June 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
A mesmerizing narrative voice, an insider's view of a fabled literary household and the slow revelation of heartbreaking secrets contribute to the visceral impact of this first novel. From a few lines in The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book, Truong reimagines the Vietnamese cook who was hired by the famous residents at 27 rue de Fleurus. Bonh, as he calls himself, is an exile from his homeland, where he was denounced because of a homosexual relationship and banished by his brutal father. After three years at sea, Bonh ends up in Paris, where he answers Toklas's ad ("Two American ladies wish...") and enters the household of Gertrude Stein. The story begins in 1934 when the women he calls "my Mesdames" are about to tour America, and Bnh fears he'll be cast adrift once again. Flashbacks reveal his loneliness and...


The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Carl Van Vechten 1913-1946
Edward Burns
0231063083
Aug 1986
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Book Description
Both in her lifetime and since, Gertrude Stein's persona received far more attention than her writings. The result was a distorted view of both her person and her work. This monumental two-volume set of her correspondenc with Carl Van Vechten, the critic novelist, and photographer, offers new insight into Stein's life, her art, and the intellectual and artistic milieu of Paris. These letters also follow Van Vechten's various careers: particularly his championship of the Harlem Renaissance.The existing biographies of Stein, and even her own autobiographical writings, omit a great deal. While fleshed out with famous names and anecdotes, they lack the ordinary detail of what Stein called "daily everyday living": the immediate concerns, objects, people, and places that were grist for her writing. These letters provide the...


Three Lives
Gertrude Stein
0486280594
April 1994
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Book Description
Clear, carefully crafted stories of three women, whose relatively ordinary lives and minds Stein invests with extraordinary interest. Excellent entree to author's later work.


Geography and Plays
Gertrude Stein
0299134709
Oct 1992
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Book Description
From one of the modern era’s most influential and boldly experimental writers—a generous collection of poems, stories and plays—all dating from 1910–1920. Wide range of the author’s styles reveal Stein as philosopher, poet, portraitist, dramatist and short story writer, as the investigator of the nature of language, and much more. Superb sampling of works drew attention to the artistic avant-garde movements of the early 20th century and introduced new directions in experimental writing.


Three Lives (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Gertrude Stein
1593083203
December 2005
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Book Description
At first glance, Three Lives seems to be three straightforward portraits of women living in the early twentieth century. “The Good Anna” describes an exacting German house servant; “Melanctha” explores the love affair of an African-American woman; and “The Gentle Lena” narrates the fate of a patient German maid. Yet these are daring prose experiments that reflect Gertrude Stein’s revolt against the popular narrative style of realism. As she composed these works, Stein sought to emulate the aesthetic of the innovative painters Cezanne, Picasso, and Matisse. She rejected the more traditionally literary emphasis on social order and plot, replacing these with a focus on language, tone, and description. The result is a simple yet stunning view of the lives of three...


Geography and Plays
Gertrude Stein
0299134741
Oct 1992
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Book Description
From one of the modern era’s most influential and boldly experimental writers—a generous collection of poems, stories and plays—all dating from 1910–1920. Wide range of the author’s styles reveal Stein as philosopher, poet, portraitist, dramatist and short story writer, as the investigator of the nature of language, and much more. Superb sampling of works drew attention to the artistic avant-garde movements of the early 20th century and introduced new directions in experimental writing.


Sinister Shorts
Perri O'Shaughnessy
0385337973
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Sisters Pam and Mary O'Shaughnessy use the pen name Perri O'Shaughnessy for their Nina Reilly legal thrillers as well as for this uneven debut collection of 19 short suspense stories, only one of which involves Nina Reilly and is the only "fifty-fifty collaboration" between the pair. "The Long Walk" fittingly leads, since it was published before their first novel, Motion to Suppress (1995). There are two homages: a Gertrude Stein parody, "Gertrude Stein Solves a Mystery," which is less than successful, and "His Master's Hand," which nicely mimics the style of Dostoyevski's Notes from Underground. "Dead Money" crams a novel's worth of twists and deductions into a short story. In "Tiny Angels," an FBI agent nabs a kidnapper thanks to his wife's casual but perceptive observations. Paul van Wagoner, an investigator...


Halfway to Revolution
Clive Bush
0300047290
Apr 1991
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Tender Buttons
Gertrude Stein
0486298973
October 1997
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From Library Journal
Self-published in 1914, this is one of the volumes that solidified Stein's reputation. Dividing the book into three sectionsAObjects, Food, and RoomsAStein attempts to form images using repetition and disjointed words. As the average person will find that it makes no sense at all, Stein's exercise in automatic writing remains in the realm of the literati.Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
Before becoming the patron of Lost Generation artists, Gertrude Stein established her reputation as an innovative author whose style was closer to painting than literature. Stein’s strong influence on 20th-century literature is evident in this 1915 work of highly original prose rendered in thought-provoking experimental techniques.


The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder
Edward M. Burns
0300067747
Jan 1997
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Book Review
Gertrude Stein, the great lesbian modernist, met Thornton Wilder when he was a young writer in search of a mentor. Stein became that mentor and helped Wilder shape his aesthetic into classic American plays such as Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. Begun during Stein's lecture tour of the U.S. in 1934, their friendship lasted until Stein's death 12 years later. These letters record Wilder's attempts to help Stein with publication and Stein's insistence that the writer's work is not teaching or lecturing or seeking fame, but writing. The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder records not only a friendship, but also the writers' struggles with the position of their writing in American culture.

From Publishers Weekly
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Best American Essays of the Century
Joyce Carol Oates
0618155872
October 2001
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Book Review
The title The Best American Essays of the Century seems transparent enough, but don't be deceived. What Joyce Carol Oates has assembled is not so much a diverse collection as a sonorous march through what keeps getting called the American century. Read this not as a collection to dip into but as a history--a history of race in America. Oates says it best herself in her introduction: "It can't be an accident that essays in this volume by men and women of ethnic minority backgrounds are outstanding; to paraphrase Melville, to write a 'mighty' work of prose you must have a 'mighty' theme." The mighty pens at work here belong to, among others, Zora Neale Hurston ("How It Feels to Be Colored Me"), Langston Hughes ("Bop"), and James Baldwin ("Notes of a Native Son"). Oates has opted not for the most unexpected but for the...


Three Lives
Gertrude Stein
0312226969
Feb 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
Gertrude Stein, as a college student at Radcliffe and a medical student at Johns Hopkins Medical School, was a privileged woman, but she was surrounded by women who were trapped by poverty, class, and race into lives that offered little choice. Her portraits of Anna and Lena are examples of realistic depictions of immigrant women who had no occupational choice but to become domestic workers. This collection of documents from the history of women's suffrage, medical history, modernist art, and literature enables readers to see how radical Stein's subject was.


Gertrude Stein
Gertrude Stein
2909317749

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Silence and Narrative
Janice L. Doane
0313249369
Jan 1986
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Book Description
Making use of recent feminist critical theory, Doane considers Gertrude Stein's modernist preoccupation with narrative silence in her early novels. She demonstrates the effects of this preoccupation on Stein's literary development, from the conventionality of her first novel, Q.E.D., through Fernhurst and Three Lives, to the radical transgressions against narrative intelligibility in The Making Of Americans. Doane, contending that Stein's ultimate revolt against traditional modes of discourse is directly attributable to her position as a woman writer, effectively elaborates the possibilities of creating an alternative feminist discourse and explores the ways in which gender may contribute to meaning.


Gertrude Stein: In Words and Pictures
Renate Stendhal (Editor)
0945575998
January 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
It is perhaps apt that a woman best known for such aphorisms as "a rose is a rose is a rose" should be rendered in them. Stendahl has constructed a "photo-biography" of the "Mother of Modernism"-360 photographs, 100 of which have never before been published, are interspersed with timelines and excerpts culled from Stein's works and letters, and the words of others, including Hemingway and Harold Acton. The chapters of interest to most readers will be those focusing on the Paris years, when Stein opened her house at 27, rue des Fleurus to Fauvist and Cubist painters (Picasso, Gris and Picabia, among others) and later to the American writers of the "Lost Generation." Here are Cecil Beaton and Man Ray's photographic portraits of Stein and her studio, including the throne-like chair in which she presided over her...


Gertrude Stein Reads
Gertrude Stein
0694517615
November 1996
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Book Description
"Rose is a rose is a rose"Among the most influential writers of her time, Gertrude Stein created poetryand prose so radically experimental that her work stood out even in an eracharacterized by unconventional sentiments. Stein's avant-garde approachto writing ignored the traditional confinements of grammar and structureand focused instead on sound, rhythm and texture, and the results were asrevolutionary and mesmerizingly brilliant as the post-impressionist paintingsof her friends Picasso and Matisse.This sampling of Stein's work, selected and read by the author herself,represents a unique opportunity to experience first-hand all the power,resonance, and astounding creativity of one of the twentieth century's mostimportant and memorable artists.Born in Pennsylvania in 1874, Gertrude Stein attended Radcliffe...


A Gertrude Stein Companion
Bruce Kellner
0313250782
Sept 1988
Hardcover
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Review
“Kellner offers a group of essays on Stein by some recent authorities, such as Marianne DeKoven, Ulla Dydo, Majorie Perloff. A section of writings about Stein includes poems by Mina Loy, Vassar Miller, and others. The most valuable section is the 156-page biographical dictionary, a bio-sketch listing of most, if not all, of the people mentioned in Stein's writings, including published letters it is a godsend to initiates needing landmarks and to aficionados wanting quick review for accuracy of reference. A collection, `Gertrude Stein's ABC,' forms a handy encapsulated survey of her pronouncements from a wide range of her writings. Part 5, an annotated bibliography of selected criticism, contains more than 40 Choice-style evaluations of works most likely to be handled by initiates; the evaluations are sound. There is also a...

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