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Everybody's Autobiography [Paperback]

Gertrude Stein
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Feb. 1 2004
In 1937 Gertrude Stein wrote a sequel to The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, but this darker and more complex work has been long misunderstood and neglected. An account of her experiences as a result of writing a bestseller, Everybody’s Autobiography is as funny and engaging as The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, but it is also a searing meditation on the meaning of success and identity in America. Posing as the representative American, Stein transforms her story into history — responding to the tradition of Thoreau and Henry Adams, she writes: "I used to be fond of saying that America, which was supposed to be a land of success, was a land of failure. Most of the great men in America had a long life of early failure and a long life of later failure." Everybody’s Autobiography is Stein at her most accessible and her most serious; it should prove to be among her most popular books.

"Everybody’s Autobiography is among the very best of Gertrude’s writing… [it] speaks with the true and original voice of Gertrude Stein, without apparent art or bravado." — Janet Hobhouse


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This marks the pioneer modernist's second title to be recently reprinted ( Geography and Plays , Classic Returns, LJ 1/94), indicating perhaps a Stein renaissance. Stein knew everybody who was anybody, and in this title, she spills the dope on them all in one of the more easily readable of her many works. For public and academic collections.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Stein knew everybody who was anybody, and in this title, she spills the dope on them all." -- Library Journal

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This is a fascinating account of Stein's travels in America following the success of "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas". Stein finds many things interesting about America, and through her descriptions, so does the reader. Her descriptions of the habits, manners, lifestyle, and thoughts of Americans are very simple but profoundly accurate. Being a Gertrude Stein work, Everybody's Autobiography also features amazing prose that is often challenging but always rewarding. Surprisingly, Everybody's Autobiography is very approachable once one adjusts to Stein's style. This was the first Stein work I read and I've already begun reading The Making of Americans. I just can't recommend this book [and Stein in general] enough.
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3.0 out of 5 stars very gertrude stein, but more readable May 7 2000
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i usually find stein's play with words a bit frustrating. however, this is a more readable book, one of her most accessible works. insightful in its view of fame & narcissism in america.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, brilliant, playful, and of course, interesting June 7 2000
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This is a fascinating account of Stein's travels in America following the success of "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas". Stein finds many things interesting about America, and through her descriptions, so does the reader. Her descriptions of the habits, manners, lifestyle, and thoughts of Americans are very simple but profoundly accurate. Being a Gertrude Stein work, Everybody's Autobiography also features amazing prose that is often challenging but always rewarding. Surprisingly, Everybody's Autobiography is very approachable once one adjusts to Stein's style. This was the first Stein work I read and I've already begun reading The Making of Americans. I just can't recommend this book [and Stein in general] enough.
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3.0 out of 5 stars very gertrude stein, but more readable May 6 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
i usually find stein's play with words a bit frustrating. however, this is a more readable book, one of her most accessible works. insightful in its view of fame & narcissism in america.
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Gertrude Stein Nov. 14 2013
By Grandma Suze - Published on Amazon.com
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Gertrude Stein is a kick. I read her word as a teenager and enjoyed it. Now as a old lady, I enjoyed it even more.
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