How to Write

Not so much a “how-to” guide as an inspirational journey into the craft of writing by one of the 20th-century’s most influential and unconventional literary figures. Also valuable as an entry into Stein’s own writings. New preface and introduction by Patricia Meyerowitz.

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  1. Reading How to Write Gertrude Stein’s How to Write, as much about how to read as about how to write, is one of the great “unreadable” modernist classics. As a student of the psychologist/philosopher William James, she could predictably want to approach the task of explaining how to write from an observational/laboratory perspective rather than as a problem of providing discursive information. The reflexive style of the book has made it something of an underground favorite (thought the fact that Amazon.com lists…

  2. Wash you brain.. or . Wash you brain For anybody who intents to write this is a valuable book. Stein breaks the stereotypes and makes you completely shattered. You really dont understand what this is all about. Dont give up.. Read again. Read what is written. Words and sentences start becoming virgin, not “secondary” as in expressing something, some sense.A tough book, but really useful and interesting. Even amusing it is.

  3. Do not read like a normal expository essay, but read after a large cup of coffee Simply the most difficult work by one of the most difficult writers of the 20th. Long and complex, it zeroes in on the theme of communication itself. I wouldn’t recommend the book to today’s beginning writers: I believe the book, like most great books, in effect discourages one from producing material. I would definitely recommend the book to anyone who wants learn a new way of reading, speaking, receiving information. Gertrude Stein hardly ever writes “clearly”, though she always…

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