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Dodge Serves as Stein’s Bridge to the Public: Postcard from Gertrude Stein to Mabel Dodge

Dublin Core

Title

Dodge Serves as Stein’s Bridge to the Public: Postcard from Gertrude Stein to Mabel Dodge

Subject

Art, Modernism, and Bohemia

Description

Dodge Serves as Stein’s Bridge to the Public

Dodge brings Gertrude Stein’s name to the public in Florence and later in America. Dodge is somewhat responsible for her increased notoriety on both sides of the Atlantic. Stein’s relationship with Dodge is important because they share a sort of confidence that Dodge does not develop with other peers. Though Dodge interacts with and supports dozens of artists through her travels, she shares her inner most emotions and ideas with few, Stein being one of them. Rudnick explains Dodge’s importance as someone who can identify the revolutionary nature of Stein’s writing. In fact, Dodge does this for many artists and reformers of her day like Mina Loy and Edna Saint Vincent Millay. Dodge prides herself on her eye for “the new.” Rudnick writes, “From the very first, Mabel understood Gertrude’s linguistic contribution to this revolutionary breakthrough in modern consciousness” (Rudnick 945). Dodge sends her work to Stein while Stein also sends work to Dodge for opinions. In this correspondence, Stein is talking about her recent novel, The Making of Americans, which Dodge would play a role in distributing upon her colleagues in Florence and even more during arrival to New York City. Being wealthy and having cultivated a wide web of influence, Dodge uses this to be able to promote people like Stein.

Rudnick, Lois. Mabel Dodge Luhan: New Woman, New Worlds (Kindle Locations 945-946). University of New Mexico Press. Kindle Edition

Stein, Gertrude. Letter to Mabel Dodge. 1911. TS. Mabel Dodge Luhan Collection.
Beinecke Library, New Haven.

Creator

Gertrude Stein

Source

Mabel Dodge Luhan Collection

Publisher

Beinecke Library

Date

1911

Contributor

Mabel Dodge

Rights

Mabel Dodge Luhan Collection

Format

Image of postcard

Language

English

Type

Correspondence

Text Item Type Metadata

Text

Carte Postale

Correspondence

My Dear Mabel,

The long book is finished. I am sending it to America to see what it can do. If you want --- let it be known. You --. I will write you a better one.

Yours
Gertrude
Adresse

Mrs. Dodge

695 Delaware Ave
Buffalo New York

Original Format

Postcard

Files

steintododge.JPG
Beinecke_DL_10558207_3728138.pdf

Citation

Gertrude Stein, “Dodge Serves as Stein’s Bridge to the Public: Postcard from Gertrude Stein to Mabel Dodge,” Digital History at Ursinus, accessed September 20, 2017, http://omeka.ursinus.edu/items/show/21.