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Geography and Plays

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  9 reviews
From one of the modern era's most influential and boldly experimental writers—a generous collection of poems, stories and plays—all dating from 1910–1920. Wide range of the author's styles reveal Stein as philosopher, poet, portraitist, dramatist and short story writer, as the investigator of the nature of language, and much more. Superb sampling of works drew attention to ...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published July 2nd 1999 by Dover Publications (first published 1922)
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S.L. Jones
I can't rate this. It would be like rating a draft, or a child's drawing.

Geography and Plays is all nonsense. It is composing composition and free writing, and an excellent opportunity to try out your own logic. How does your head work? With what loose ends can you construct a whole, a reason? Can you make it fit together? How is your own writing? Do you create your own logic or do you follow the given one? Can you bend reality as you can bend light? Will others understand? Is it all in your hea
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
She is a hen and being a hen is to hen. Hen next to hen in. In her hen hemmed nest of in. Her in. Next hen. Next.

She is a "bullet in the back of the rooster."

That hen.

She is pleasing sequences in order. Straw time, wire feet,
Jon Wagner
Nov 16, 2009 rated it liked it
It's Stein served by reading a little. Took awhile to read this but that's just because of the inevitable, purposeful repetition.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Voguish experimentation. Little substance.
It is very hard to rate this one, but in rating this one, no I won't rate it, oh yes I will rate it as it is in rating that one learns to rate, even when one is not actually rating, and a rater is in the process of rating being rating.
I am exaggering a little (seriously only a little bit) but this is how you begin to write when you read too much Gertrude Stein.

I enjoyed this more than The Making of Americans because there was just TOO MUCH repetition in that large ambitious, experimental and in
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Geography and Plays" is an exceptional representation of Gertrude Stein's genius. In this idiosyncratic collection, you'll find delightful short stories ("Ada," "Miss Furr and Miss Skeene") and cultural meditations ("France," "Italians") as well as plays which defy easy categorization and all the rules ("Bonne Annee," "What Happened"). Everything herein displays Stein to be an artist who challenged convention, meaning, expectation and logic. Her writing here is consistently assured, often crypt ...more
Dec 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"read this book"--not like I ever finished it.
Nov 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
surely its not too sincere when the cartography starts to slouch.
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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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