Gertrude Stein Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Gertrude Stein Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

While Gertrude Stein’s persistence finally earned her access to readers, it could never guarantee her readers who would or could take her strange writing seriously. As a result, more confusing and contradictory information surrounds her career than that of any other twentieth century writer of comparable reputation. Usually responding in any of four basic ways, readers and critics alike seemed to view her as one, a literary charlatan of the P. T. Barnum ilk, interested in publicity or money rather than in art; two, something of a naïve child-woman incapable of comprehending the world around her; three, a fiery-eyed literary revolutionary, den mother of the avant-garde; or four, an ageless repository of wisdom and genius....

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