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The Making of Americans & What Are Masterpieces
New York: Albert and Charles Boni, 1926 First American edition, one of 100 copies of the first edition issued for the United States. Signed and inscribed by Stein on the half title to Helen Simpson, a socialite friend of Stein and Alice Toklas. Publisher's decorated cloth lettered in gilt, with brown spine and black and red pattern to boards, fore and bottom edges untrimmed, lacking dust jacket. About near fine with only a touch of wear to extremities, front hinge starting, and a closed tear to front free endpaper near gutter, otherwise very attractive with a tight, clean interior. From the library of Pulitzer Prize winning author Kenneth Silverman. Written over a period of eight years in the early 20th century, Stein's The Making of Americans traces the genealogy and family history of the fictional Hersland and Dehning families. Although Stein herself compared the work to Joyce's Ulysses, critics and readers were less enthusiastic and criticized the work for its repetitive, tedious nature. Written in an experimental style, the work lacks a cohesive plot or sequence of actions, which contributed to publishers' hesitancy to accept the novel until almost fifteen years after it was written. Chiefly a biographer, Professor Kenneth Silverman co-directed the American Civilization program at NYU, and won not only the Pulitzer but also the Bancroft Prize for his work The Life and Times of Cotton Mather. Other notable works of his include biographies of Edgar Allan Poe and Samuel F. B. Morse. A magician himself, he also profiled the life of Harry Houdini. Los Angeles: The Conference Press, 1940. First edition, limited to 50 numbered copies signed by Stein. Publisher's blue cloth, ruled and lettered in metallic red; in the original light blue pictorial dust jacket. A near fine copy with a touch of sunning to extremities and a very small hole in cloth to bottom of rear board, small bookseller's sticker to bottom of rear pastedown; dust jacket lightly soiled and with a touch of wear to extremities, including one two-inch closed tear to top edge of rear panel. From the library of Pulitzer Prize winning author Kenneth Silverman. What Are Masterpieces is a collection of three of Stein's lectures, put into print for the first time in this volume. The lectures include "Composition as Explanation," "An American and France," and "What Are Masterpieces and Why Are There So Few of Them?" The collection attempts to synthesize the major pieces of Stein's influence on painting and writing, giving readers a cohesive picture of the impact of her work.. Inscribed by Author. First American Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good.
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