By M. Lynn Weiss

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

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

The short, little-noted friendship of Stein and Wright begun 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 may perhaps 1946 and ended with Stein's dying a couple of months later.

Gertrude Stein and Richard Wright begun their careers as marginals inside marginalized teams, and their wish to dwell peacefully in unorthodox marriages led them clear of the US and into everlasting exile in France. nonetheless the most obvious ameliorations among them-in type, ethnic and racial origins, and in creative expression-beg the query: What was once there to speak about? this query opens a window onto each one writer's meditations at the impact of racial, ethnic, nationwide origins at the formation of identification in a latest and post-modern global.

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 strategies 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 sure.

on the shut of the 20 th 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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