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My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz

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There are few couples in the history of 20th-century American art and culture more prominent than Georgia O'Keeffe (1887–1986) and Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946). Between 1915, when they first began to write to each other, and 1946, when Stieglitz died, O'Keeffe and Stieglitz exchanged over 5,000 letters (more than 25,000 pages) that describe their daily lives in profoundly ...more
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Published June 21st 2011 by Yale University Press (first published May 10th 2011)
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May 25, 2011 Holly rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed taking my time with these letters, reading several letters a day. As with every person, not everyday is exciting, there are times that are monotonous and the letters do reflect that, on the other side there are some that are more exciting and interesting.
I would recommend this for anyone who likes to take their time reading over a cup of coffee or hot chocolate (picturing an idealistic setting here with snow in the background).

I won this from Goodreads Firstreads.
May 05, 2011 Emily marked it as to-read
From NPR's website:

From 1915 until 1946, some 25,000 pieces of paper were exchanged between two major 20th-century artists. Painter Georgia O'Keeffe and photographer Alfred Stieglitz wrote each other letters — sometimes two and three a day, some of them 40 pages long. The correspondence tracks their relationship from acquaintances to admirers to lovers to man and wife to exasperated — but still together — long-marrieds.

The first volume of those letters has just been published. My Faraway One, ed
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Jan 04, 2015 Heather Wilensky rated it did not like it
Even though George O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz wrote thousands of pages of letters to each other, that doesn't mean they all need to be reprinted in order to share their major themes and reveal the surrounding environment that shaped them. However, this 800 book makes the reader feel as though s/he is reading every single letter they wrote to each other regardless of the mundane and tediousness or pure boredom that can ensue -- and it's only volume one! I gave up after the first quarter and ju ...more
May 24, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I won this novel, My Faraway One, selected letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz: Volume One, 1915-1933, through Goodreads giveaway contest.This novel represents a moving account of the lives of two of America's artists and gives a history of information on twentieth-century American art and culture.The selection of letters written between Georgia and Alfred gives a passionate account of their daily lives in New York, Texas and New Mexico during the months that they were apart, betwee ...more
May 24, 2011 Katherine marked it as to-read
Shelves: first-reads
June 6--OMG--This book has arrived today and it is over 700 pages! It is going to be awhile before I'm able to review it

July 11 --I have been staring at this tome trying to figure out how to read it and do the review justice.

Have decided on a plan of attack for that 700+ page selected letters of O'Keeffe=Stieglitz ! Grew up on snail mail so will read them as though I just wrote and wait a couple of days to read the response.But I will immediately read " my " response. May take me awhile but I
I couldn't finish it. There were moments that were really engaging and interesting, and then moments that were a real struggle to get through. The editor's footnotes and omission of certain letters between Georgia and Alfred frustrated me. I wanted to finish, to know what happens, but the monotonous description of her time in New Mexico is more than I can bear.
Jul 23, 2011 Denise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
I'm a bit more than midway through this book. Currently in my reading - O'Keeffe is on her first trip to Taos and the letters to AS are full of incredibly happiness and growth. The letters from AS to GO are full of panic, fear, and neurotic ramblings. It's difficult while reading someone's personal letters to not feel like a voyeur.
Jan 11, 2012 Tom marked it as to-read
Shelves: art
Very interesting NYRB review re this and other books about O & S. I appears that GO was as fascinating a writer as artist.
May 20, 2011 Tiffony marked it as to-read
O'Keeffe's paintings and Stieglitz's photographs were among my favorites long before I knew they were married. Would LOVE to have this book!!
Aug 02, 2011 Ann is currently reading it
This is going to be a long process. I think I'll read a few letters at a time and let them sink in a bit. I so admire these two people in many ways. I look forward to getting to know them better.
Mar 16, 2013 Suzanne marked it as to-read
Not done yet - it's a large book 700 plus pages! I'll have to buy a copy and so I read at my leisure.
it's 800 pages (and it's only volume 1) and if my to-read pile wasn't growing, I would continue to read this...the intimacy of the letters is fascinating.
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