By Stein, Gertrude; Stein, Gertrude; Setina, Emily; Hollister, Susannah; Retallack, Joan
In the Nineteen Fifties, Yale collage Press released a few Gertrude Stein's posthumous works, between them her incomparable Stanzas in Meditation. considering that point, students have chanced on that Stein's poem exists in numerous models: a manuscript that Stein wrote and typescripts that her associate Alice B. Toklas ready. Toklas’s paintings at the moment typescript replaced the poem while, enraged upon detecting in it references to a former lover, she not just adjusted the typescript yet insisted that Stein make revisions within the unique manuscript.
This version of Stanzas in Meditation is the 1st to confront the advanced tale of its composition and revision. via meticulous archival paintings, the editors current a competent examining textual content of Stein's unique manuscript, in addition to an appendix with the textual versions one of the poem's numerous models. This checklist of Stein's multi-layered revisions allows readers to interact extra absolutely with the author's considerably experimental poem and likewise to realize the literary impression of Stein's courting with Toklas. The editors’ preface and poet Joan Retallack’s creation supply perception into the complexities of interpreting Stein's poetry and the leading edge modes of studying that her works require and generate. scholars and admirers of Stein will welcome this illuminating new contribution to Stein’s oeuvre
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Extra resources for Stanzas in Meditation: The Corrected Edition
Library of Congress Control Number: 2011924246 ISBN 978-0-300-15309-5 (paperback : alk. paper) A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. 48–1992 (Permanence of Paper). ”1 In the summer of 2009, the more intense than long period we spent preparing the poem for this edition, we inhabited not a house but a basement room of Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Our company consisted of Gertrude Stein, present through her large, loose, looping handwriting in manuscript notebooks; Alice B.
All these works, however revered by the valiant few, reliably bring on the furtive question, Have you actually read it, I mean, every word, all the way through? ” If, as Gertrude Stein claimed, America invented the twentieth century, that development was the logical consequence of its eighteenth-century invention of happiness as inalienable right. S. exports. Stein herself was a notable export among countless artists and writers seeking the American ideal of the freer, happier life by moving to Paris, with its promise of convivial experimentation in all things cultural and erotic.
Stein was never given to adjectival mimesis. She achieved sensual specificity with her vocabularies rather than with images. But the deprivation so many readers have felt in their encounters with Stanzas has not only to do with the absence of descriptors, but with a dearth of the kinds of evocative and colorful words one finds in so many of Stein’s otherwise difficult works. In Stanzas the most disturbing aspect is the predominance of unattributed pronouns. Of those, the personal pronouns minus referents are particularly bothersome.
Stanzas in Meditation: The Corrected Edition by Stein, Gertrude; Stein, Gertrude; Setina, Emily; Hollister, Susannah; Retallack, Joan