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Product Details

  • Series: American Literature Series
  • Paperback: 926 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press; Reprint edition (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564780880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564780881
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.9 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the "I can't believe this is out of print" file comes Stein's monster of a novel, which was initially serialized by Hemingway and Ford Madox Ford in the Transatlantic Review. Although Stein does not follow convention, the plot portrays three generations of an American family. An abridged edition was released in 1934, but this is a facsimile of the original text published in Paris in 1925 by Robert McAlmon's Contact Editions. Essential for all literature collections.
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"Essential for all literature collections... Several of Stein's titles returned to print in 1995, but none more important than The Making of Americans." -- Library Journal


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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Howard on January 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
It is a shame that so much of Gertrude Stein's work is dismissed because of its unconventionality. Though sometimes difficult to read, Stein's writing has a lyrical quality about it unparalleled by the work of other writers. The Making of Americans is probably one of her best, and well worth the effort it might take to read it. I found that after only a few pages, I was moved along by the rhythm and cadence that carries the story. A wonderful read!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. Charles Steiner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 28, 2011
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Gertrude Stein opens this mammoth work with the statement that she writes for herself and strangers. It's one thing to read about this work, whether by Stein herself or by her critics; it's quite another thing to read it for yourself. You really have to read the whole thing in order to believe anyone could or would ever write or want to write such a mammoth, monstrous yet curious work.

The hallmark of Stein's originality essentially is strangeness. This work is a quasi-historical, quasi-sociological and quasi-psychological epic whose rhythmic sentence structures have a chant-like tribal feeling, nearly hypnotizing in its relentless rolling forward.

Janet Malcolm, a wonderful journalist, cut the book in half with a knife in order to be able to manage the physical difficulties of reading this book. Not a masterpiece, this is just of one literature's strangest zoological specimens.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 1998
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What starts of as an anecdotal recounting of what I imagine is Stein's forefathers and foremothers immigrant experience launches off into a brilliant, highly intellectual examination and rhapsody of individuality and conformity among other things (like death and consciousness and the battle between the sexes). This book will literally change the way you think you think. I think it should.
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By Christopher Johnson on April 24, 2014
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There is a reason why this book is considered one of the most challenging in English literature. Be ready to reread passages and think they are new lol. Stein has a unique style that repeats phrases over and over implanting the thoughts into your brain. She likes to repeat phrases over and over with slight changes, so although they are not the same, they provide the reader with the same information. Her style of repetition of phrases with slight changes can put you in a trance and it does implant thoughts in your mind.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Vitale on February 5, 2013
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Stein has a unique style of writing that is not for everyone. I think it will take some dedicated time to get through this novel.
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