The Critical Response to Gertrude Stein

Author:   Kirk Curnutt ,  Cameron Northouse
Publisher:   ABC-CLIO
Volume:   No. 36
ISBN:  

9780313304750


Pages:   400
Publication Date:   30 April 2000
Format:   Hardback
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The Critical Response to Gertrude Stein


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From her early classic Three Lives to her best-selling Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas to Brewsie and Willie, a loving tribute to the G.I.s who adored her, Gertrude Stein's work was among the most controversial of the modernist movement. Alternately praised and derided, emulated and ridiculed, Stein was as unique a celebrity as the mass media of the early 20th century ever produced. As her influence spread through the lost generation she nurtured, critics from Edmund Wilson to confidant Carl Van Vechten defended her experimentation against the slings and arrows of the literary establishment. At the same time, Stein found herself parodied and caricatured from the pages of the New York Sun to the New Yorker. Her reputation solidified only after her 1946 death from cancer prompted a series of reminiscences and reestimations from the Chicago Tribune to the Saturday Review. While previous collections of Stein criticism typically reprint commentary by her most ardent supporters, this study reconstructs her precarious position in the eyes of American newspaper and magazine columnists and is thus a guide to her critical reception. While including quintessential pieces on Stein by Carl Van Vechten, William Carlos Williams, and Katherine Anne Porter, this collection also includes previously obscure estimations from contemporaries such as H. L. Mencken, Mina Loy, and Conrad Aiken. The book borrows from a range of sources-from leading literary outlets such as the New Yorker to a number of regional newspapers. Some 75% of the material in the volume has never before been reprinted.

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Author:   Kirk Curnutt ,  Cameron Northouse
Publisher:   ABC-CLIO
Imprint:   Greenwood Press
Volume:   No. 36
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.750kg
ISBN:  

9780313304750


ISBN 10:   0313304750
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   30 April 2000
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword by Cameron Northouse Introduction Contemporary Reviews: The Making of a Reputation Contemporary Commentary: Style, Influence, and the Debate Over Stein's Purpose Veneration and Vituperation: The Making of a Celebrity Remembrances, Memorials, and the Posthumous Reputation Bibliography Index

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?There has never been a Stein publication like this one....Curnett covers the full range of Stein's publishing career--from 1909 onward--reprinting the instructive in-your-face first reactions....This is the liveliest Stein item ever published--pure gold as a reference work, with its excellent index and helpful bibliography. It cannot be superseded. For all Stein collections, be they small or comprehensive.?-Choice


Author Information

KIRK CURNUTT is Associate Professor of English at Troy State University Montgomery. He is the author of Wise Economies: Storytelling and Brevity in American Short Stories (1997) and Ernest Hemingway and the Expatriate Modernist Movement (2000).

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