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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: ReadaClassic.com (March 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611044871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611044874
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,492,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gertrude Stein, as a college student at Radcliffe and a medical student at Johns Hopkins Medical School, was a privileged woman, but she was surrounded by women who were trapped by poverty, class, and race into lives that offered little choice. Her portraits of Anna and Lena are examples of realistic depictions of immigrant women who had no occupational choice but to become domestic workers. This collection of documents from the history of women's suffrage, medical history, modernist art, and literature enables readers to see how radical Stein's subject was. Three Lives consists of three character studies of women; "The Good Anna"--a kind but domineering German servingwoman; "Melanctha"--an uneducated but sensitive black girl; "The Gentle Lena"--a pathetically feebleminded young German maid. Stein published 26 books starting with this collection of three stories in 1909. This is her first book and she self published only 500 hard copies. She had to fight with the publisher to get it published her way. He wanted to make it more conventional. It was not written as a novel aimed at wide popular sales. She was seeking a smaller and a more critical audience. When it was written, she had left Baltimore and was living in Paris on money inherited from her father. She had the luxury of being able to do whatever she wanted. As a result, she bought paintings and wrote experimental fiction.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian A. Oard on December 30, 2006
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This is a fine, inexpensive edition of one of Stein's two most readable productions (the other being 'The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas'). I'm giving it five stars because the item's star rating has been impaired by a reviewer who's reviewing an audiotape, NOT the signet paperback book on this page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin2007 on September 3, 2012
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Gertrude Stein is Gertrude Stein. What inspired me to write this review was the ABDOMINABLE publishing job done by [...]. The price is right, sure, but this book exemplifies what is wrong with the amazon mindset of cheaply produced books. Gertrude Stein is a challenge to get through on a good day, but with .25" margins and tiny type, digireads makes the process pretty unbearable. I do not understand why they sacrificed just about everything that makes book-reading pleasurable in order to save what probably amounts to a few pennies. I take total responsibility for opting for the cheapest book, however, I will never do this again. If you want to enjoy Tender Buttons, just splurge for some used Penguin Classic and boycott this pathetic pirating of the classics with expired copyright.
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By Loreena Stage on January 3, 2014
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I ordered this book for school, however it never came. When I contacted the seller, they looked into it and apologized for not sending it because it was out of stock. If I hadn't contacted them they would have just kept my money and never told me it was not coming or sent me anything.
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By John on December 22, 2012
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This book was ordered as part of a bundle of textbooks needed for the Spring 2013 semester. The books arrived within two days due to my Amazon Prime subscription, and were in brand new condition. I am very satisfied with my order and all of the products will be very useful in my classes this semester. I will continue to buy books from Amazon in the future!
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