Ida: A Novel

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Yale University Press, May 14, 2014 - Self-actualization (Psychology) - 385 pages
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Gertrude Stein wanted "Ida" to be known in two ways: as a novel about a woman in the age of celebrity culture and as a text with its own story to tell. With the publication of this workshop edition of "Ida," we have the novel exactly as it was published in 1941, and we also have the full record of its creation. Logan Esdale offers informative critical commentary and judiciously selected archival materials to illuminate Stein's experience of authorship from the novel's beginning in early summer 1937, through the various drafts and negotiations with her publisher, to the reviews that greeted the book's publication. Stein's careful and systematic preservation of all "Ida"-related materials for her archive at the Yale University Library was a conscious decision, and an invitation for us to study the complexity of her creative process.


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IDA: A Novel

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If Ida goes on, does she go on even when she does go on any more. No and yes." ... Now I should say yes and no. Ida does go on but I don't — for what is Ida but Gertrude Stein's "first new novel in ... Read full review


Steins Life and Publications
Compositions 19351940
Mrs Simpson
Selected Letters
Novel Of Real Life 1934
Introduction to The Geographical History Of America

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Famous writer Gertrude Stein was born on February 3, 1874 in Allegheny, PA and was educated at Radcliffe College and Johns Hopkins medical school. Stein wrote Three Lives, The Making of Americans, and Tender Buttons, all of which were considered difficult for the average reader. She is most famous for her opera Four Saints in Three Acts and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, which was actually an autobiography of Stein herself. With her companion Alice B. Toklas, Stein received the French government's Medaille de la Reconnaissance Francaise for theory work with the American fund for French Wounded in World War I. Gertrude Stein died in Neuilly-ser-Seine, France on July 27, 1946.

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