Geography and Plays cover

Geography and Plays

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

1. Susie Asado
2. Ada
3. Miss Furr and Miss Skeene
4. A Collection
5. France
6. Americans
7. Italians
8. A Sweet Tail (Gypsies)
9. The History of Belmonte
10. In the Grass (On Spain)
11. England
12. Mallorcan Stories
13. Scenes, Actions and Dispositions of Relations and Positions
14. The King or Something (The Public is Invited to Dance)
15. Publishers, the Portrait Gallery, and the Manuscripts of the British Museum
16. Roche
17. Braque
18. Portrait of Prince B.D.
19. Mrs. Whitehead
20. Portrait of Constance Fletcher
21. A Poem About Walberg
22. Johnny Grey
23. A Portrait of F.B.
24. Sacred Emily
25. IIIIIIIIII
26. One (Van Vechten)
27. One. Harry Phelan Gibb
28. A Curtain Raiser
29. Ladies' Voices (Curtain Raiser)
30. What Happened. A Play in Five Acts
31. White Wines. Three Acts
32. Do Let Us Go Away. A Play
33. For the Country Entirely. A Play in Letters
34. Turkey Bones and Eating and We Liked It. A Play
35. Every Afternoon. A Dialogue
36. Captain Walter Arnold. A Play
37. Please Do Not Suffer. A Play
38. He Said It. Monologue
39. Counting Her Dresses. A Play
40. I Like It To Be a Play. A Play
41. Not Sightly. A Play
42. Bonne Annee. A Play
43. Mexico. A Play
44. A Family of Perhaps Three
45. Advertisements
46. Pink Melon Joy
47. If You Had Three Husbands
48. Work Again
49. Tourty or Tourtebattre. A Story of the Great War
50. Next. (Life and Letters of Marcel Duchamp)
51. Land of Nations (Sub Title: And Ask Asia)
52. Accents in Alsace. A Reasonable Tragedy
53. The Psychology of Nations or What Are You Looking At

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Geography and Plays is a 1922 collection of Gertrude Stein's "word portraits," or stream-of-consciousness writings. These stream-of-consciousness experiments, rhythmical essays or "portraits", were designed to evoke "the excitingness of pure being" and can be seen as literature's answer to Cubism, plasticity, and collage. Although the book has been described as "a marvellous and painstaking achievement in setting down approximately 80,000 words which mean nothing at all," it is considered to be one of Stein's seminal works.