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Narration: Four Lectures by Gertrude Stein

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  7 reviews

Newly famous in the wake of the publication of her groundbreaking Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein delivered her Narration lectures to packed audiences at the University of Chicago in 1935. Stein had not been back to her home country since departing for France in 1903, and her remarks reflect on the changes in American culture after thirty years abroad.


Hardcover, 62 pages
Published September 1st 1969 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1969)
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In the imagination of most readers and critics, Gertrude Stein may have cut an idiosyncratic literary personage in her lifetime and beyond and I firmly understand wherefrom this notion originates. But why nitpick over 'idiosyncrasies' when they can be so creative and fun?
At the outset, Stein's written words gave me the impression of a proliferation of misprints (so silly...I know!), ignorant as I was about her stylistic inclinations. But once I wrapped my head around her way of going around in c
Unbelievably good.

...Everybody always has to be listening to something, that is the way it is always anybody has to be listening to something that is what makes life lived the way that is what makes anybody who they are what they are, of course it does any of you think of your life the way it is, you are always listening to some one to something and you are always telling something to some one or to any one. That is life the way it is lived.

I once said and I think it is true that being a genius
Roxanne Carter
"Sentences and paragraphs. Sentences are not emotional but paragraphs are. I can say that as often as I like and it always remains as it is, something that is.

I said I found this out first listening to Basket my dog drinking. And anybody listening to any dog’s drinking will see what I mean."
The quote about Basket the dog is not from Narration, but rather from a lecture entitled "Poetry and Grammar," which can be found in the book Lectures in America. I was disappointed by the four lectures in this book; there's nothing even remotely as exciting as the quote concerning Basket.
Stein is playful and unusually brief and direct in these lectures. Why aren't these more anthologized? One of my favorite sentences: “Narrative is what anybody has to say in any way about anything that can happen has happened will happen in any way” (31).
succinct and interesting. some insight really, but 5 stars if one has not read Stein at all. otherwise I suppose it makes sense. her obsession with nationality and temporality -- and existence! is interesting.
tremendously ignored and absolutely essential
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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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“I think one is naturally impressed by anything having a beginning a middle and an ending when one is beginning writing and that it is a natural thing because when one is emerging from adolescence, which is really when one first begins writing one feels that one would not have been one emerging from adolescence if there had not been a beginning and a middle and an ending to anything.” 11 likes
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