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About the Author

Gertrude Stein (1874 1946) was an American-Jewish writer, poet and art collector who spent most of her life in France. While living in Paris, Gertrude began writing for publication. Her earliest writings were mainly retellings of her college experiences. Her first critically acclaimed publication was Three Lives. Sherwood Anderson in his public introduction to Stein's 1922 publication of Geography and Plays wrote: For me the work of Gertrude Stein consists in a rebuilding, an entirely new recasting of life, in the city of words. Here is one artist who has been able to accept ridicule, who has even forgone the privilege of writing the great American novel, uplifting our English speaking stage, and wearing the bays of the great poets to go live among the little housekeeping words, the swaggering bullying street-corner words, the honest working, money saving words and all the other forgotten and neglected citizens of the sacred and half forgotten city.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 42 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146623430X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466234307
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,516,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MR N E MURRELL on April 5, 2013
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At least, this particular philistine found it so. I'm no stranger to "difficult" literature. I can read Shakespeare without much bother. I made it through Ulysses...eventually. I've grappled with plenty of abstruse prose in my time. Tender Buttons, however, takes obscurantism to a whole new level entirely. The sentences bear no logical relationship to one another, at least none that I could see, and I wasted plenty of hours I will never get back sincerely looking. If you are uncertain about whether to buy this book, I suggest a simple test. Consider the following paragraph, taken from the first page of the book, under the heading 'Glazed Glitter':

"There is no gratitude in mercy or in medicine. There can be breakages in Japanese. That is no program. That is no color chosen, it was chosen yesterday, that sowed spitting and perhaps washing and polishing. It certainly showed no obligation and perhaps if borrowing is not natural there is some use in giving."

As I'm sure you can see, the phrasing used strongly suggests some kind of link between the second sentence and the third. If you can see what that link is (and, in particular, if you can explain what on earth 'Glazed Glitter' is supposed to be), then buy this book. I'm sure you'll take something useful from it. If, like me, all you can see is a random jumble of words, take my advice and buy something else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. PARMENTER on June 3, 2014
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I plugged all the way through this book because I wanted to say I had done it. It's astonishing that there could be so many sentences that don't actually make sense. Maybe TV is like that too. Every so often, Stein throws in a sentence that actually means something and it's like a bell ringing. I'm just glad I won't assign myself to read this again....but it IS fascinating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By olddave on May 23, 2014
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Gertrude Stein wished to advance the art of prose, and these vignettes certainly depart from traditional writing. At first they seem comically disorganized, but with reflective reading they convey something of the world view of a remarkable mind. They certainly reward the effort required to read them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on June 23, 2013
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If you like a great read, Tender Buttons delivers. It takes a bit to digest, but well worth the effort!
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I am sorry to say, probably due to my lack of literary intellect, that I did not enjoy the book. I do not understand what she is trying to say.
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