Ford Madox Ford, as Hemingway goes on to point out, first brought The Making of Americans into print as a serial in the Transatlantic Review in 1924. Hemingway, who had by then occupied the position of sub-editor at the journal for a short time, would certainly have had the means to positively influence Ford regarding the publication. However Bernard Poli argues in his book Ford Madox Ford and the Transatlantic Review that Hemingway's version of events is not entirely accurate: 'She [Stein] also felt that there must be "some other story behind it all." Hemingway, indeed, was not playing a very clean game and did everything he could to pit Gertrude Stein against Ford, though with little success, as we shall see.' (Bernard Poli, Ford Madox Ford and the Transatlantic Review, New York: Syracuse University Press, 1967, p.71). (For more on Ford and the Transatlantic Review see bookmark for page 41).
The novel itself is chiefly concerned with the development -- both historical and psychological -- of two families over the course of three generations. Although the story was one of Stein's favourites it received mixed reviews, with many echoing Hemingway's sentiments regarding length and repetition. Some might even have gone so far as to label it with the same 'inaccrochable' tag that Stein had applied to Hemingway's 'Up In Michigan'.