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Three Lives - Gertrude Stein

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Published: 27th September 1990
For Ages: 18+ years old
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First published in 1909, Three Lives marks the beginning of an era of bold experimentation with literary form and language that has continued throughout our century.

In these three stories, Gertrude Stein put into practice certain theories about prose composition that paralleled the ideas expressed in the art of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters. Her characters strike the reader as living in a world determined by an aesthetic rather than a social order.

The nonlinear narrative structure of 'The Good Anna', for example, was inspired by the works of Cézanne. Stein's friendship with Picasso encouraged her free expression of syntactical repetition to establish the mood and open sexuality of 'Melanctha'. And the influence of Matisse can be seen in 'The Gentle Lena', a bold psychological portrait of a woman, with a corresponding de-emphasis on plot and setting.

Also included in this edition is Q.E.D. A frankly autobiographical story, conventional in form, it is in many ways an early version of 'Melanctha', and its inclusion here shows where Stein started and suggests how far she came on her own.

About the Author

Gertrude Stein (1874–1946), a writer of experimental prose, is one of the most original American Modernists. Born in Pennsylvania, she lived most of her life in Paris with her companion, Alice B. Toklas.

Experimental books like Three Lives (1909), Tender Buttons (1914), and The Making of Americans (1925) established her reputation as an avant-garde stylist, and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas made her an international celebrity.

As an experimental writer she has been an inspiration to countless novelists and poets in our century, from Ernest Hemingway and Edith Sitwell to Jack Kerouac and Robert Duncan.

About the Seriesp. iii
About This Volumep. vi
Illustrationsp. xii
Three Lives: The Complete Textp. 1
Introduction: Cultural and Historical Backgroundp. 3
Chronology of Stein's Life and Timesp. 27
A Note on the Textp. 35
Three Lives [Grafton Press edition, 1909, written 1906]p. 36
Three Lives: Cultural contextsp. 217
The Woman Question: Rights, the Vote, Education, Healthp. 219
from Address to the New York State Legislature (1860)p. 223
"The Working-Girls of New York," from Folly As It Fliesp. 226
from The Higher Education of Womenp. 229
One Farmer's Wifep. 233
from Women and Economicsp. 236
from Letter to Henri Pierre Roche (June 12, 1912)p. 246
from Fat and Blood and How to Make Themp. 249
from Medicine in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 251
from Obstetricsp. 257
Questions of Otherness: Sexuality ("Inversion"), Race, Genderp. 260
from The Ballad of Reading Gaolp. 263
from The Sexual Aberrationsp. 271
from Forbidden Firesp. 281
from The Mechanism of Detumescencep. 285
from The Modern Jew Who Has Given Up the Faith of His Fathers Can Reasonably and Consistently Believe in Isolationp. 291
"Judaism" and "Woman and Her Significance," from Sex and Characterp. 293
from The Case Statedp. 302
Discussions of Mind and Philosophyp. 308
"The Varieties of Attention" and "The Stream of Thought" from The Principles of Psychologyp. 310
"Form in Words," from Persons and Placesp. 319
from Brain and Thought: A Philosophical Illusionp. 321
"The Aim of Philosophy," from Modes of Thoughtp. 325
Aesthetic Questions: Realism and the Modernp. 329
Letter to Emile Zola (1874)p. 332
from The Art of the Novelp. 335
from Crumbling Idols, Twelve Essays on Art and Literaturep. 338
from An Experiment in Miseryp. 341
"Simplicity in Art," from The Responsibility of the Novelist and Other Literary Essaysp. 347
from The Souls of Black Folkp. 352
Modernism and the Avant-Gardep. 360
Letter to Mabel Weeks about European Paintingp. 363
Letter to His Son Paul (September 26, 1906)p. 369
The Nation, Anonymous Review of Stein's Three Lives (January 20, 1910)p. 371
from Speculations, or Post-Impressionism in Prosep. 372
from How to Read Gertrude Steinp. 376
Selected Bibliographyp. 380
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ISBN: 9780140181845
ISBN-10: 0140181849
Series: Penguin Twentieth Century Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 27th September 1990
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 19.8