The Making of Americans

By Gertrude Stein; William H. Gass (Foreword by); Steven Meyer (Introduction by)
(Dalkey Archive Press, Paperback, 9781564780881, 926pp.)

Publication Date: December 1995

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In "The Making of Americans," Gertrude Stein sets out to tell "a history of a family's progress," radically reworking the traditional family saga novel to encompass her vision of personality and psychological relationships. As the history progresses over three generations, Stein also meditates on her own writing, on the making of "The Making of Americans," and on America.




About the Author
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was a major literary figure at the center of a circle of expatriate writers and artists living in Paris during the early decades of the twentieth century. She is the author of "Three Lives, Tender Buttons, " and "The Making of Americans, " among other works. "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas" was a best-seller in the United States. Joan Retallack is John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Humanities at Bard College. She is the author of many books, including "Afterrimages, How To Do Things With Words, " and "The Poethical Wager" (UC Press).

William Gaddis (1922-98) stands among the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. The winner of two National Book Awards (for "J R" [1976] and "A Frolic of His Own" [1995]), he wrote five novels during his lifetime, including "Carpenter's Gothic "(1985), "Agap? Agape" (published posthumously in 2002), and his early masterpiece "The Recognitions" (1955). He is loved and admired for his stylistic innovations, his unforgettable characters, his pervasive humor, and the breadth of his intellect and vision.

Steven Meyer is Associate Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis.
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