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Gertrude Stein: In Words and Pictures
"After an astonishing, playful essay, the book opens into a revelatory combination of quotes, quips and 360 photos of Stein and her wildly brilliant circle."--Elle
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 10th 1994 by Algonquin Books
(first published January 1st 1989)
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I chose to write an essay for a class about Gertrude Stein and my professor told me not to “regurgitate” The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas so I found this book instead and while it doesn’t exactly read like a regular biography, I found it an infinitely more pleasurable and informative experience. Stendhal doesn’t necessarily strive to answer who Stein was or what she did as there’s no definitive answer—instead she provides us with intimidating (much like the woman herself) array of pictures, ...more
This is about as fun an intro to Gertrude Stein as you'll get. Lots of fun pictures and good excerpts from her works. It's a great way to get into her stuff if you don't find the Mother Goose of Montparnasse all that captivating. Stein is hard reading (duh), but she teaches us a lot about language; that's not really the focus here. This is all about biography, but it's a hell of a story. I like to think if I'd been around 80 years ago I could've gotten into the rue de Fleurus---just once, anyway ...more
I disagreed with the author's premise that Stein liked being looked at as much as being read, and some of the editorial choices she made felt stilted to me. That said, I think the book reveals an incredible amount of research, and the combination of quotes from Stein and others with photographs was... well, vast. I really enjoyed flipping through it at first, opening to random pages like Chinese fortunes, and then I also felt it read well beginning to end.