By M. Lynn Weiss

After the second one international battle Gertrude Stein requested a friend's help in securing a visa for Richard Wright to go to Paris.

"I've bought to aid him, she acknowledged. you notice, we're either participants of a minority group."

The short, little-noted friendship of Stein and Wright started in 1945 with a letter. Over the subsequent fifteen months, the 2 stored up a full of life correspondence which culminated in Wright's stopover at to Paris in might 1946 and ended with Stein's dying a number of months later.

Gertrude Stein and Richard Wright started their careers as marginals inside of marginalized teams, and their wish to stay peacefully in unorthodox marriages led them clear of the United States and into everlasting exile in France. nonetheless the most obvious transformations among them-in type, ethnic and racial origins, and in creative expression-beg the query: What used to be there to speak about? this query opens a window onto every one writer's meditations at the effect of racial, ethnic, nationwide origins at the formation of identification in a latest and post-modern international.

The intuitive and highbrow affinities among Stein and Wright are illuminated in numerous works of non-fiction. Stein's Paris France and Wright's Pagan Spain are meditations on expatriation and creativity. Their so-called homecoming narratives-Stein's Everybody's Autobiography and Wright's Black Power --examine ideas of racial and nationwide identification in a post-modernist international. Respectively in Lectures in America and White guy, Listen! Stein and Wright define the ways that the poetics and politics of modernism are inextricably certain.

on the shut of the 20th century the meditations of Stein and Wright at the protean caliber of person id and its inventive, social, and political expression discover the main prescient and urgent problems with our time and past.

M. Lynn Weiss is an assistant professor of English and African-American literature at Washington University.

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