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Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)

Auteur van De autobiografie van Alice B. Toklas

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Famous writer Gertrude Stein was born on February 3, 1874 in Allegheny, PA and was educated at Radcliffe College and Johns Hopkins medical school. Stein wrote Three Lives, The Making of Americans, and Tender Buttons, all of which were considered difficult for the average reader. She is most famous toon meer for her opera Four Saints in Three Acts and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, which was actually an autobiography of Stein herself. With her companion Alice B. Toklas, Stein received the French government's Medaille de la Reconnaissance Francaise for theory work with the American fund for French Wounded in World War I. Gertrude Stein died in Neuilly-ser-Seine, France on July 27, 1946. (Bowker Author Biography) toon minder
Fotografie: Courtesy of the NYPL Digital Gallery (image use requires permission from the New York Public Library)


Werken van Gertrude Stein

De autobiografie van Alice B. Toklas (1933) 2,649 exemplaren
Three Lives (1909) 1,728 exemplaren
Tender Buttons (1914) 870 exemplaren
The Making of Americans (1934) 439 exemplaren
Picasso (1938) 432 exemplaren
Paris France (1940) 319 exemplaren
How to Write (1973) 302 exemplaren
Everybody's Autobiography (1937) 277 exemplaren
Ida (1941) 241 exemplaren
The World Is Round (1939) 240 exemplaren
Lectures in America (1935) 162 exemplaren
Three Lives and Tender Buttons (2003) 135 exemplaren
Wars I Have Seen (1945) 124 exemplaren
Lifting Belly (1989) 104 exemplaren
Geography and Plays (1968) 99 exemplaren
Lucy Church Amiably (1969) 80 exemplaren
Stanzas in Meditation (1956) 80 exemplaren
The Yale Gertrude Stein (1980) 80 exemplaren
Last operas and plays (1949) — Auteur — 76 exemplaren
America and Alfred Stieglitz: A Collective Portrait (1934) — Medewerker — 70 exemplaren
A Novel of Thank You (1958) 62 exemplaren
Brewsie and Willie (1946) 58 exemplaren
A Stein Reader (1993) 55 exemplaren
Narration: Four Lectures (1969) 54 exemplaren
Mrs. Reynolds (1987) 51 exemplaren
Gertrude Stein's America (1964) 49 exemplaren
Gertrude Stein: Selections (2008) 42 exemplaren
Not waving but drowning (2018) 40 exemplaren
Useful Knowledge (1988) 36 exemplaren
Food (Penguin Modern) (2018) 36 exemplaren
Q.E.D. (1903) 29 exemplaren
What are Masterpieces? (1940) 27 exemplaren
Operas & Plays (1987) 24 exemplaren
Portraits and prayers (1934) 21 exemplaren
Ada (2005) 19 exemplaren
Four saints in three acts (1934) 18 exemplaren
History or Messages from History (1997) 14 exemplaren
Ser norteamericanos 1. (1974) 11 exemplaren
The Good Anna {from Three Lives} (1999) 11 exemplaren
Gertrude Stein Reads (1980) 10 exemplaren
Dix Portraits (1991) 9 exemplaren
Mexico: A Play (2000) 8 exemplaren
Melanctha (1988) 7 exemplaren
Four in America (1947) 6 exemplaren
Flirtare ai grandi magazzini (2008) 4 exemplaren
The Gertrude Stein First Reader (1948) 4 exemplaren
Milda Lena (2022) 4 exemplaren
A Little Called Pauline (2020) 3 exemplaren
Picasso Anciens Et Modernes (1938) 2 exemplaren
Le livre de lecture 2 exemplaren
If You Had Three Husbands (1915) 2 exemplaren
Dikt og tekstar (1998) 2 exemplaren
Melankta 2 exemplaren
An elucidation 2 exemplaren
The Gertrude Stein Collection (2010) 2 exemplaren
Dobitnik gubi 1 exemplaar
Paris France 1 exemplaar
Dünya Yuvarlaktir (2021) 1 exemplaar
Barriga ao alto 1 exemplaar
Correspondance (2005) 1 exemplaar
Conferenze americane (1990) 1 exemplaar
O mundo é redondo (2020) 1 exemplaar
Is Dead 1 exemplaar
Motor Automatism 1 exemplaar
Čitanka 1 exemplaar
La sacra Emilia e altre poesie (1999) 1 exemplaar
Valentine to Sherwood Anderson (1951) 1 exemplaar
Texter 1908-46 (1981) 1 exemplaar
la tierra natal 1 exemplaar
EVA & ADELE: ADSILA (2014) 1 exemplaar
Home 1 exemplaar
PICASO 1 exemplaar

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Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in Legacy Libraries (augustus 2015)


Stieglitz as receiver and medium of new cultural ideas in the USA regarding photography and modern art. An odd character, but influential in artistic circles of his generation.
sfj2 | Nov 25, 2023 |
I understand why this book is important to literature but I really did not enjoy it. This was one of a very small handful of books that made me look for excuses not to read. I forced myself to finish it because I was curious but it was not long drawn out process that I don't usually associate with reading.
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Tender Buttons Again
Review of the City Lights Publishers paperback edition (2014) edited with notes by Seth Perlow with an Afterword by poet Juliana Spahr of the original Claire Marie hardcover (1914).

Tender Buttons is written in what one might call prose, the word that tends to get used for sentences that do not follow realist conventions and instead have poetry's associational drive but not its line breaks. While it uses fairly simple language in that there are few words that require a dictionary, it indulges in a lot of grammatical variations. It runs on... it hangs fire in fragments... it frequently indulges in a fragmented listing... at moments it even manages to run on in fragments... it seems often to have a definitional desire. But it is a complicated desire. Things get defined all the time... and then Stein follows with a list of negatives... Sometimes all is grammatically set up for a definition but the words seem to have only the vaguest relation to each other. - excerpts from the Afterword by Juliana Spahr.

I read a public domain eBook of Tender Buttons earlier this summer and reviewed it as Bastardized Buttons. That was more a reflection of the lack of editorial care that went into that edition, even if it did have bonus poems included without any source references, which I then had to research for myself.

The contrast in this corrected centennial edition is immense. The editor Seth Perlow discusses the various correction sources (these are either Stein's own manuscript or her handwritten notes on either proofs or published copies) and provides a complete appendix section of the variances from the original as published in 1914. The changes are not major but there are over 100 of them. A lot of them are punctuation. It is the care and attention that went into this edition which really makes it stand out. The bonus is the wonderful Afterword by Juliana Spahr which puts Tender Buttons into the context of its modernist times in the early 20th century saying that "Tender Buttons says something feminist, something queer, something opposed to those big modernist epics such as T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" or Ezra Pound's "The Cantos", works that were being written at the time Stein was writing hers."

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The cover art for this edition is cropped from the painting La Femme au Livre (Woman with Book) by Juan Gris, oil on canvas, 1926. Image sourced from

My 5 star rating is relative to the various free or cheap public domain editions which provide no additional information or context.

Trivia and Links
Tender Buttons is in the Public Domain and can be read online at various locations such as Wikisource and Bartleby [Note: the layout at Bartleby is entirely wrong with the texts all mashed together, rather than spaced out by each subject.].
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