The Critical Response to Gertrude Stein


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. While including quintessential pieces on Stein by Carl Van Vechten, William Carlos Williams, and Katherine Anne Porter, this guide to her critical reception also includes previously obscure estimations from contemporaries such as H. L. Mencken, Mina Loy, and Conrad Aiken. While previous collections of Stein criticism typically reprint commentary by her most ardent supporters, this book reconstructs Stein's precarious position in the eyes of her critics and thus chronicles the reception of her works.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • H. L. Mencken
  • Robert Emons Rogers
  • Charles Ashleigh
  • Carl van Vechten
  • Edith Sitwell
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000


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