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#667 - Gertrude Stein

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“And so there was the natural phenomena that was war”

Handwritten draft manuscript fragment in pencil, unsigned, 12 pages, 5.25 x 8.25, no date but circa 1925. A substantial portion of Stein’s draft for her article ‘Composition as Explanation’ which was published in 1925, comprised of pages numbered 29–40. In part: “And so there was the natural phenomena that was war, which had been, before war came, several generations behind the contemporary composition, because it became war and so completely needed to be contemporary became completely contemporary and so created the completed recognition of the contemporary composition. Every one but one may say every one became consciously became aware of the existence of the authenticity of the modern composition.” There are several small edits and emendations throughout. In fine condition, with uniform toning. Stein is often credited with coining the term ‘Lost Generation’ as a descriptor for the disillusioned artists that gathered in Europe in the aftermath of World War I. In this essay, originally given as a lecture and published in 1925, she connects the evolution of warfare in World War I—and the shifting consciousness of citizens and soldiers in the nations involved—with the role of modernism in the evolution of the arts. ‘Composition as Explanation’ presents an artful blend of literary theory, historical commentary, and personal confession, and is representative of Stein’s distinctive literary style and restrained vocabulary. That this is a well-known essay, important in defining the modernist movement, makes it all the more desirable. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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