Three Lives and Tender Buttons

Three Lives and Tender Buttons

Three LivesThree short stories comprise Gertrude Stein's first significant work, each a psychological portrait of a different woman. "The Good Anna" is a kindly but domineering German servant. "The Gentle Lena" apathetically endures her miserable life until she dies in childbirth. "Melanctha" is a young Black woman learning about sexuality and love. Different as they may be, all three women are bound by poverty-and all three face the restrictions of class, race, and sex with resignation.Tender ButtonsStein spoke of maintaining a "continuous present," comprised of "moments of consciousness," independent of time and memory. Nowhere is this more clear than in her prose poems Tender Buttons. The

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