Three Lives

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-03-17
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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The first of Gertrude Stein's publications, this accessible 1909 volume was an experiemntal work for its time and established the author's reputation as a master of language and a voice for women. In three separate tales, Stein invests the lives of three working class women with extraordinary insights into race, sex, gender, and other feminist issues.

Author Biography

"America is my country," declared expatriate Gertrude Stein, "but Paris is my hometown." In addition to writing novels, stories, plays, and poems, Stein conducted a Parisian salon that was frequented by an international array of avant-garde artists and authors.

Table of Contents

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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