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Stanzas in Meditation

ISBN-10: 0300153090

ISBN-13: 9780300153095

Edition: 2012

Authors: Gertrude Stein, Susannah Hollister, Emily Setina, Joan Retallack

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In the 1950s, Yale University Press published a number of Gertrude Stein's posthumous works, among them her incomparable Stanzas in Meditation. Since that time, scholars have discovered that Stein's poem exists in several versions: a manuscript that Stein wrote and two typescripts that her partner Alice B. Toklas prepared. Toklas's work on the second typescript changed the poem when, enraged upon detecting in it references to a former lover, she not only adjusted the typescript but insisted that Stein make revisions in the original manuscript. This edition of Stanzas in Meditationis the first to confront the complicated story of its composition and revision. Through meticulous archival work, the editors present a reliable reading text of Stein's original manuscript, as well as an appendix with the textual variants among the poem's several versions. This record of Stein's multi-layered revisions enables readers to engage more fully with the author's radically experimental poem and also to detect the literary impact of Stein's relationship with Toklas. The editors' preface and poet Joan Retallack's introduction offer insight into the complexities of reading Stein's poetry and the innovative modes of reading that her works require and generate. Students and admirers of Stein will welcome this illuminating new contribution to Stein's oeuvre.
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 1/17/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Famous writer Gertrude Stein was born on February 3, 1874 in Allegheny, PA and was educated at Radcliffe College and Johns Hopkins medical school. Stein wrote Three Lives, The Making of Americans, and Tender Buttons, all of which were considered difficult for the average reader. She is most famous for her opera Four Saints in Three Acts and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, which was actually an autobiography of Stein herself. With her companion Alice B. Toklas, Stein received the French government's Medaille de la Reconnaissance Francaise for theory work with the American fund for French Wounded in World War I. Gertrude Stein died in Neuilly-ser-Seine, France on July 27, 1946.

Preface
Acknowledgments
On Not Not Reading Stanzas in Meditation: Pressures and Pleasures of the Text
The Turning Point: Preface to the 1956 Stanzas in Meditation
The Impossible: Gertrude Stein, review of the 1956 Stanzas in Meditation
Stanzas In Meditation
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V
Publication History
Reading Text
Editorial Practices
Notes
Illustrations follow p. 250