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Stanzas in Meditation: The Corrected Edition

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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 ...more
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Published January 17th 2012 by Yale University Press (first published April 1st 1994)
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Mitch
Jul 26, 2007 Mitch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't really know if this edition is the same as the volume of Yale that I have in hardback, but it probably is. Especially great when read aloud, this is my favorite Gertrude Stein. Found the edition that I have at Rogers' Book Barn up in the Berkshires.
Richard Anderson
What a waste of time.
Karren
Aug 11, 2012 Karren rated it really liked it
To read this book, you must read a lot of other Stein works first because she quotes herself. Also you need to read biographical books including her autobiographies like The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. If you like rap, read Stanzas out loud and you will get the first level of this book. I found Joan Retallack's preface very helpful but you need to read that slowly with eyes open and pencil at hand. Check me out on Scene4.com where I will write a more complete review come September.
Emas Negarawan
Apr 01, 2016 Emas Negarawan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What. is. this? I do not think I will continue reading this. It is very odd. Meaningless rhymes and random thoughts. "Meditation." Hmmm. Perhaps Ms. Stein was smoking a "pipe" as she "meditated" these poems.
Joey Gamble
Jun 16, 2014 Joey Gamble rated it it was amazing
A riveting and evocative innovation of our language, the scope of which we have barely begun to understand.
Juliekantor
Mar 05, 2013 Juliekantor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best ever. Of all time,
Penny
Aug 03, 2009 Penny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still wondering if I'll understand any of what I read, but thankfully that's not really the point.
Claudia Keelan
Oct 23, 2014 Claudia Keelan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the purposes of meditation is to detach from the noise of self. In this book, Stein creates constant presences with the proliferation of pronouns, persons who come and go, sometimes sweetly, sometimes annoyingly, and always somehow in the relation to the "i" who is trying to let go of her self-importance. Stein wrote in "Grammar and Poetry" that she loved pronouns for how "mistaken" they can be. Who are you and I, who is she and he, and where after all, is it? Deictic, pronouns show only ...more
Mark
Dec 19, 2009 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Stein, especially for the brilliant and little-read shorter pieces included at the back of the book, written between 1929 and 1933. (I'm assuming the text is the same as the Yale version.)
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Gertrude Stein was an American writer who spent most of her life in France, and who became a catalyst in the development of modern art and literature. Her life was marked by two primary relationships, the first with her brother Leo Stein, from 1874-1914, and the second with Alice B. Toklas, from 1907 until Stein's death in 1946. Stein shared her salon at 27 rue de Fleurus, Paris, first with Leo an ...more
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