Consists of three character studies of women; "The Good Anna"--a kind but domineering German servingwoman; "Melanctha"--an uneducated but sensitive black girl; "The Gentle Lena"--a pathetically feebleminded young German maid.
About the Author
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was a major literary figure at the center of a circle of expatriate writers and artists living in Paris during the early decades of the twentieth century. She is the author of "Three Lives, Tender Buttons, " and "The Making of Americans, " among other works. "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas" was a best-seller in the United States. Joan Retallack is John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Humanities at Bard College. She is the author of many books, including "Afterrimages, How To Do Things With Words, " and "The Poethical Wager" (UC Press).