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Gertrude Stein (1874 – 1946) would be essential to the history of literature had she never written a word – but she did write words, lots of them, and they’ve led to her having an uneasy position in the canon of English literature. Avant-garde pioneer? Literary charlatan? Or underappreciated genius? In this episode, we look at the fascinating life and works of the incomparable (and irrepressible) Gertrude Stein.
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Music Credits: “When You’re Down, My Dear” by Josh Hetherington and Ronny Haynes, from Show Me Where It Hurts, available at showmewhereithurts.bandcamp.com
One thought on “History of Literature #127 – Gertrude Stein”
Listening to the argument about avant-garde art vs rubbish, I realize that there truly is nothing new, is there? I recently had to hold myself back getting into an online dispute–someone calling another artist’s words crap and ‘not art’. It has given me much to ponder but I am glad I backed out of it.
I guess in my head I am still a little idealist, even post 50. One man’s garbage is another man’s potpourri. Someone said that 😉