The Making of Americans in Paris: The Autobiographies of Edith Wharton and Gertrude Stein

TitleThe Making of Americans in Paris: The Autobiographies of Edith Wharton and Gertrude Stein
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsSloboda, Noel
Number of Pages195
PublisherPeter Lang
CityNew York
Abstract

While living in Paris at the beginning of the twentieth century, expatriate American writers Edith Wharton (1862-1937) and Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) never crossed paths. Even so, they did rub shoulders in print, in autobiographical essays published by The Atlantic Monthly in 1933. The author of this volume shows that Wharton and Stein pursued many of the same professional goals in these essays and in the book-length life writings that grew out of them, A Backward Glance (1934) and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933). By analyzing the personal and cultural contexts in which these works were produced, as well as subjects common to both of them, the author illuminates a previously unrecognized solidarity between Wharton and Stein. The relationship between the authors is built upon careful analysis of A Backward Glance and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, and it is framed by a consideration of the markets into which their life writings were first released. 

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