Buy Used
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Acceptable | Details
Sold by ToyBurg
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Eligible for FREE Super Saving Shipping! Fast Amazon shipping plus a hassle free return policy mean your satisfaction is guaranteed. Readable copy. All pages complete and readable but expect worn edges, covers, and creases. There is no Amazon condition below acceptable. Ex-library book. May have typical labels and markings.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder (Henry McBride Series in Modernism and Mo) Hardcover – December 25, 1996

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
$3.46 $2.72

Hero Quick Promo
12 Days of Kindle Book Deals
Load your library with Amazon's editors' picks, $2.99 or less each today only. Learn more

Product Details

  • Series: Henry McBride Series in Modernism and Mo
  • Hardcover: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (December 25, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300067747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300067743
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Gertrude Stein, the great lesbian modernist, met Thornton Wilder when he was a young writer in search of a mentor. Stein became that mentor and helped Wilder shape his aesthetic into classic American plays such as Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. Begun during Stein's lecture tour of the U.S. in 1934, their friendship lasted until Stein's death 12 years later. These letters record Wilder's attempts to help Stein with publication and Stein's insistence that the writer's work is not teaching or lecturing or seeking fame, but writing. The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder records not only a friendship, but also the writers' struggles with the position of their writing in American culture.

From Publishers Weekly

Lovers of modern American literature will be delighted to read this correspondence between the noted lesbian avant-gardist and the closeted homosexual playwright who wrote Our Town and the Skin of Our Teeth. Wilder wrote to Stein from 1934 to 1946 with some interruptions, usually in a blithe mood, addressing Stein and her lover, Alice Toklas, as "Dear Gertralicitude." Stein's letters are like all her prose, a combination of the cryptic and the colloquial, with expressions like "xcited" and "xhausted." The only flaw in this literary delight is in the editorial presentation, which is often too detailed and burdened with descriptions of interest only to textual scholars, while missing some perceptions that would be of broader interest. For example, Stein introduced Wilder to the gay pornographer and tattoo artist Samuel Steward, and the two got along so swimmingly that Wilder later destroyed all of Steward's letters to him: however, the present editors completely ignore the sexual subtext. Further, as ardent Stein-ites, they praise her at Wilder's expense, saying "to many, Wilder's stage cannot contain the great movements of Stein's ideas." There are some small problems like two letters in which Wilder says he's just read a book by the French philosopher Alain (Emile-Auguste Chartier), one dated October 30 by Wilder, and the other which the editors place in the following July: either Wilder spent ten months reading one book, or the dating is confused. This highly enjoyable material would have benefited from more careful and less pedantic presentation.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Share your thoughts with other customers

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?