The Making of Americans: Being a History of a Family's Progress

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Dalkey Archive Press, 1995 - Fiction - 925 pages
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In The Making of Americans, Gertrude Stein sets out to tell "a history of a family's progress," radically reworking the traditional family saga novel to encompass her vision of personality and psychological relationships. As the history progresses over three generations, Stein also meditates on her own writing, on the making of The Making of Americans, and on America.

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User Review  - Henry Cesari - Goodreads

I understand Stein's message: words cannot, not have meaning... but not much else. Like modern art I respect her originality in creating a functionless piece of art for shock value but have little use for her writing. Read full review

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User Review  - Aidan Watson-Morris - Goodreads

so when's someone gonna do the all-caps 'this novel is about a family they do boring shit' review because that is too much responsibility for me Read full review


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Gertrude Stein was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, in 1874. As a child she lived in Vienna and Paris before returning to the United States to study at Radcliffe College and Johns Hopkins Medical School but left before taking her degree. In 1903 Stein moved to France where she lived with Alice B. Toklas. Her first novel, "Three Lives", was published in 1909. Its prose style is highly unconventional and virtually dispenses with standard punctuation. "Tender Buttons" (1914) was even more experimental and sold extremely poorly. Other work by Stein include her theory of writing, "Composition and Explanation" (1926), "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas" (1933), two volumes of memoirs, "Everybody's Autobiography" (1937) and "Wars I Have Seen" (1945). Stein died at Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1946.

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