Gilbert A. Harrison, for many years editor in chief of the New Republic, was one of Stein's publishers. For this volume, he selected excerpts from her essays, novels, plays, poems, lectures, and interviews, to introduce readers to a little-known aspect of her work.The groundbreaking writer Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was intensely American, though she lived most of her life in France. She returned only once to the United States, having left it at the age of twenty-nine, yet she never lost her plain American accent and manner nor her ardor for the United States. Stein approached her country with an appreciation akin to discovery. She wrote about it all—railroad stations, mailboxes, cities, farms, five-and-dime stores, drugstores, the food, the landscape, the speech, the ideas.