Four in America
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- Language:English (Published)
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- Publication Date:1947
. Ms. Stein finished the manuscript for this book in 1933 and sent the original autograph manuscript to the Yale University Library in 1946, just a few weeks prior to her death. In 1940, Mr. Carl Van Vechten had donated to the Library the typewritten manuscript prepared in 1933 by Ms. Stein's companion, Alice B. Toklas. This first published production of the work, issued the year after Ms. Stein's death, is a result of the collation of these two manuscripts. Reportedly only 3,000 copies printed and is widely considered one of Ms. Stein's best works. It poses the lyrical scenarios of General Grant as a religious leader who would become a saint, Wilbur Wright as a painter of art, Henry James as a military general, and George Washington as a writer of novels -- everything from What's-in-a-name? to Shakespeare's plays verses his sonnets -- a writing of genius. While living in Paris, Gertrude began writing for publication. Her earliest writings were mainly retellings of her college experiences. Her first critically acclaimed publication was Three Lives. In 1911 Mildred Aldrich introduced Gertrude to Mabel Dodge Luhan and they began a short-lived but fruitful friendship during which a wealthy Mabel Dodge promoted Gertrude's legend in the United States. Mabel was enthusiastic about Gertrude's sprawling publication The Makings of Americans and, at a time when Gertrude had much difficulty selling her writing to publishers, privately published 300 copies of Portrait of Mabel Dodge at Villa Curonia. Dodge was also involved in the publicity and planning of the 69th Armory Show in 1913, "the first avant-garde art exhibition in America." In addition, she wrote the first critical analysis of Gertrude's writing to appear in America, in "Speculations, or Post-Impressionists in Prose", published in a special 1913 publication of Arts and Decoration. Foreshadowing Gertrude's later critical reception, Mabel wrote in "Speculations"
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