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My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz: Volume One, 1915-1933 (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library) Hardcover – June 21, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780300166309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300166309
  • ASIN: 0300166303
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.8 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A definitive, scholarly landmark.”—Library Journal
(Library Journal)

“Greenough…provides passages of text to complete the narrative of the couple’s relationship and also to provide insights and analysis.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
(Los Angeles Review of Books)

“A love story pitched at the highest romantic level.”—New York Times Book Review
(New York Times Book Review)

"At a time when an ordinary novel might cost $25 or more, you can acquire for just under $40 the intimate correspondence between two of the most important and influential American artists of all time: the great photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) and the arguably even greater painter Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)."—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
(Michael Dirda The Washington Post)

"Senior curator and head of the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Greenough is a leading Stieglitz scholar. She was told by O'Keeffe in 1981 to make the book 'beautiful' and 'honest.' She has done both."—Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, Art News
(Hunter Drohojowska-Philp Art News)

“Talk about a book bargain! At a time when an ordinary novel might cost $25 or more, you can acquire for just under $40 the intimate correspondence between two of the most important and influential American artists of all time: the great photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) and the arguably even greater painter Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986).” —Washington Post
(Washington Post)

“Human drama — and much else — appears in their letters, but is usefully clarified in the excellent footnotes and interspersed biographical material by editor Sarah Greenough, an authority on the work of Stieglitz and O’Keeffe.” —Los Angeles Times
(Los Angeles Times)

“This volume brings us the missing pieces in the jigsaw puzzle of O’Keeffe’s life.” —ARTnews
(ARTnews)

Won an award in the typographic category in the 2012 AAUP Book, Jacket & Journal Show
(Typography Prize American Association of University Professors)

About the Author

Sarah Greenough is senior curator and head of the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She is the author of Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set and many other critically acclaimed books on modern photography.

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This book was amazing just to look at.
Mary Anne
Through all their correspondence their artistic bond is clear and even paramount to their actual relationship.
M J Miller
This book is as big as my unabridged dictionary, and just as chock full of undiscovered information.
Lex

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Hervé Forniéri on June 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
And every one of them words rang true
And glowed like burnin' coal
Pourin' off of every page
Like it was written in my soul from me to you

When Bob Dylan wrote these lines in his song "Tangled Up In Blue," he was probably referring to the love poetry of Dante or Petrarch, but he could just as easily have been describing the magic swirling rush of white-hot prose in "My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz," one of the most beautiful and surprising books I have ever read - and definitely one of the sexiest: D.H. Lawrence and Henry Miller - eat your hearts out!

When I first heard about this book my hopes were high - but I was also more than a little dubious: Hadn't these two people already expressed themselves best through their art - O'Keeffe in her paintings, Stieglitz in his photographs? Well, yes - they both said a great deal in their art, but they clearly had much, much more to say about the world, about themselves, and about each other, and the proof is in this book. The biggest surprise of all is what wonderful writers they both were.

Stieglitz certainly knew how to express himself in bold polemics and manifestos ("I was born in Hoboken. I am an American. Photography is my passion. The search for truth my obsession.") but the word "subtlety" had no place in his public vocabulary, and he would seem to be ridiculously ill-suited to writing a tender love letter. This book reveals, however, that the exact opposite is true.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M J Miller on June 22, 2011
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In MY FARAWAY ONE, Sarah Greenough provides an up-close-and-personal look at one of the most important artistic partnerships ever.

By turns supportive, turbulent, cutting, caring, but always mutually-creative, Stieglitz and O'Keeffe shared 25,000 pages of correspondence from 1915 through 1946, when Stieglitz died. They would frequently write several letters per day to each other, some up to 20-30 pages long (they both had flowing handwriting and used lots of space!). These letters were sealed, by request of O'Keeffe (with a few exceptions) until 20 years after her death. She personally asked Ms. Greenough to edit and compile them and the result is over 800 pages (Volume 1, with one more to come), which illuminates their incredible partnership.

O'Keeffe first visited Stieglitz's avant-garde 291 gallery as an art student in NYC. He was already a famous photographer and art impresario. She was intimidated by his fame and his strong personality but attracted by them as well, knowing that his opinions were of utmost importance. A friend showed Stieglitz some of her drawings and he was so enthralled that it began a relationship that would last until he died, making her into one of the most famous American artists along the way. He was also attracted to her independent personality and disarming candor, rare in a young woman of that time. She was 23 years younger than Stieglitz and her attention and obvious charms led their letters to become increasingly intimate. She, at his insistence moved to NY, he left his wife and daughter to move in with her. They eventually married, after living together for six years out of wedlock while he was still married to his first wife.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lex on August 22, 2011
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I was so moved by the story of this book, I ordered it straight away. When it arrived (faster than expected!) I was amazed at its size and heft. This book is as big as my unabridged dictionary, and just as chock full of undiscovered information. This carefully curated collection tends to the story of a great love captured in letters and photographs with as much tenderness as is poured into the letters themselves. I've only just begun reading it, but I am not daunted by its length and weight. Rather, I'm looking forward to spending time lingering on this volume, paging back and forth between photos and transcripts and appreciating what a unique relationship O'Keefe and Stieglitz shared.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shoshanna preiss on January 24, 2013
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Having read several biographies about Georgia O'keeffe this book outshone every other one. Here, through the letters, one gets the real sense of who these two people, O'keeffe and Steiglitz.
I came to know Georgia the young girl, the immature one who on the one hand did silly things, on the other hand is aware of and describes the beauty around her in such detail, that I felt I was right there with her.
I came to know Steiglitz the lover, the romantic, the more mature person, learned of his environment and of what mattered to him.
As the corrospondance continued I was able to slowly witness the maturing Georgia who became a woman, still fragile but knowing herself and her needs.
No Biography can compare to the riches of these letters. The author chose well, knew how to weave the important letters that brought to the reader a well formed tapestry of the lives of these two artists.
I am waiting for the second volume.
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