Gertrude Stein Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What did Gertrude Stein expect to accomplish by writing not her own autobiography but The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas?

Which of Stein’s prose experiments seem most successful?

What techniques are involved in Stein’s word portraits?

What is Stein’s justification for the repetitious phrasing found in many of her writings?

Probably no one ever learned to write by reading Stein’s How to Write. If this book does not show people how to write, what can it do for them?