Last operas and plays

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Johns Hopkins University Press, May 1, 1995 - Drama - 480 pages
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In the more than seventy-five plays Gertrude Stein wrote between 1913 and 1946, she envisioned a new dramaturgy, beginning with her pictorial conception of a play as a landscape. This book makes available many of Stein's most important and most- produced works.

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Considering most readers don't understand a thing she writes, Stein's continuing popularity is astounding. Both the plays and the history of America are presented here in her own inimitable style. For the serious literati. Read full review

Contents

Presence of Mind
vii
Plays
xxix
Yes Is for a Very Young Man 194445 3
45
The Mother of Us All 1946
52
Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights 1938
89
An Exercise in Analysis 1917
119
A Circular Play 1920
139
Photograph 1920
152
Third Historic Drama 1930
195
They must Be Wedded To Their Wife 1931
204
A Play of Pounds 1932
239
A Manoir 1932
277
Short Sentences 1932
317
Byron A Play 1933
333
Listen to Me 1936
387
A Play Called Not and Now 1936
422

An Historic Drama in Memory of Winnie Elliot 1930
182
Will He Come Back Better Second Historic Drama
189
Four Saints in Three Acts 1927
440
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About the author (1995)

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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