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Gertrude Stein Writings 1903 To 1932 [Hardcover]

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March 1 1998 188301140X 978-1883011406
The most radical innovator in 20th-century literature, Gertrude Stein proposed nothing less than a reinvention of language from the ground up. Now the Library of America presents a full-scale gathering of Stein's achievements--a two-volume set that encompasses over 40 years of the author's works .

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These days Gertrude Stein is remembered mainly for the notorious "autobiography" she wrote with her lover and long-time companion, Alice B. Toklas. Yet The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas is only a sliver of that remarkable woman's literary output. Courted during the '20s, dismissed by critics in the '30s, rehabilitated in the '50s, Stein's reputation has ebbed and flowed with every new generation of readers. Now, however, the Library of America has given her its official stamp of approval as a Great American Writer by dedicating its 99th and 100th volumes to collecting together her voluminous works. Volume 1 covers Stein's work between the years 1903 and 1932 and includes a fascinating mix of previously unpublished prose (her 1903 novel Q.E.D., theater work such as Four Saints in Three Acts, and of course, her poetry, experimental prose, lectures, and essays). For Gertrude Stein aficionados, this collection is a welcome and long-awaited event.

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The Library of America series reached its 100th volume with the publication of this magnificent Stein duo, which contain Three Lives and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas among an amalgam of her fiction, poetry, plays, memoirs, and lectures. A sumptuous feast. (Classic Returns, LJ 3/15/98)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great edition May 17 2004
By R. Dean
Format:Hardcover
Both of the Library of America editions of the Stein works are great- very well organized, nicely laid out, and include a great biographical section at the end. The only reason I give them 4 stars is I'm not a *huge* Stein fan. If you are, then pick these up- definitly the definitive collection to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the lazy July 8 2012
By John S. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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Gertrude Stein is one of the founders of modern writing. She studied with William James at Harvard and learned about consciousness as a stream flowing on and on. She experimented freely.

Sometimes she writes so what her subject matter and the writing about it take the same amount of time. It's not true, the writing is always quicker, but she gives that impression, that you are watching events at the pace of life.

Other times she is condensed to an extreme degree.

I took two paragraphs from the Making of Americans and spent a while just analyzing what was going on. She packed so much information into that small space that I was able to learn new information from it. She takes simple words and piles them up to say complex things that other people simply do not say. After I unpacked this passage, I still did not have a conclusion to state about how she did it, how she went from a complex view to simple statements. She is a great writer.

If you like Stein, you will like this book. If you are new to her writing, try reading it out loud. It's great music.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tender Buttons, etc. June 10 2013
By Johnny D - Published on Amazon.com
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In response to an earlier review, the entirety of "Tender Buttons" is in fact included in this volume (in the "Portraits and Other Short Works" section), and while THE MAKING OF AMERICANS is certainly an important (and neglected) text, it is also massive, running 925 pages in the Dalkey Archive edition. It would be an impractical inclusion here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So NOT the definitive edition! April 10 2011
By Jose Toledo - Published on Amazon.com
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There is no arguing the fact that the Library of America editions render a great service to the canon of American literature. In Gertrude Stein's case, though, I must question the editorial decision to leave out to pivotal works of her career: The Making of Americans and Tender Buttons. The former was her huge, largely-ignored, modernist novel written way before Joyce's Ulysees, before Cubism got its start, before Proust completed his oeuvre. In it you see not only the development of her writing style, but also the mechanisms of an avant-garde mind at work. It is ridiculous to leave it out of any anthology of Stein's work. The latter - Tender Buttons, was also much discussed at the time of its appearance in the Cubist era. She attempted in words what Picasso and his contemporaries were accomplishing in painting and sculpture. Successful or not, it again merits a place in -a must, I would say - any comprehensive anthology of Gertrude Stein. Beautiful as the Library of America edition is, without these two works it falls flat on its face.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great edition May 17 2004
By R. Dean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Both of the Library of America editions of the Stein works are great- very well organized, nicely laid out, and include a great biographical section at the end. The only reason I give them 4 stars is I'm not a *huge* Stein fan. If you are, then pick these up- definitly the definitive collection to have.
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