A Gertrude Stein companion: content with the example

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Greenwood Press, Sep 16, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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Gertrude Stein's rejection of literary conventions and formal genre poses formidable challenges for even the most committed of readers. Although some two dozen full-length critical studies have been published in the forty years since her death, much of her work remains impenetrable to the reading public as well as to many scholars. With this comprehensive literary guide, Kellner brings together a wide variety of source materials and selected original essays to assist students, researchers, and other readers in interpreting and appreciating the career and writings of this important twentieth-century literary figure. In his introduction, Kellner provides an overview of Stein's work and some illuminating insights concerning her methods and themes. The first part of the book is a descriptive alphabetical catalog of Stein's published writings. Part II begins with essays by several Stein scholars, who examine the writer's place in literary tradition, her process of composition, and the various styles she employed. This section concludes with a selection of poems inspired by the writer's work. Part III is a biographical dictionary of Stein's friends, enemies, and other associates. Part IV, entitled "Gertrude Stein's ABC," catalogs her opinions and observations on a wide range of subjects. An annotated bibliography of Stein criticism, a list of works cited, and tn index are included. This detailed literary guide helps to make Stein's unique creative vision accessible to general readers and offers the student many exciting new avenues for exploration and research.

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Contents

Introduction HOW TO READ GERTRUDE STEIN
1
THE PUBLISHED WRITINGS
17
Gertrude Stein and Literary
75
Copyright

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BRUCE KELLNER is Professor of English at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, where he teaches Shakespeare and Afro-American literature.