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About the Author

Gertrude Stein was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, on February 3, 1874, to an affluent Jewish family, spent her early childhood in Vienna and Paris, and later grew up in Oakland, California. At Radcliffe College she studied under William James, who remained her lifelong friend, and then went to Johns Hopkins to study medicine. Abandoning her studies, she moved to Paris with her brother Leo in 1903. At 27 rue de Fleurus, Gertrude Stein lived with Alice B. Toklas, who would remain her companion for forty years. Not only was she an innovator in literature and a supporter of modern poetry and art, she was the friend and mentor of those who visited her at her now-famous home: Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Jean Cocteau, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sherwood Anderson, and Guillaume Appollinaire. Her first important book was Three Lives (1909), then Tender Buttons (1914), followed by her magnum opus, The Making of Americans (1925), and the book which became a huge popular success, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933). Just before her death at the age of 72 on July 27, 1946, she asked Alice Toklas from her hospital bed, “What is the answer?” Getting no answer, she then asked, “In that case, what is the question?”

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Product Details

  • Series: Signet Classics
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Signet Classics edition (February 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451528727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451528728
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian A. Oard on December 30, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a fine, inexpensive edition of one of Stein's two most readable productions (the other being 'The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas'). I'm giving it five stars because the item's star rating has been impaired by a reviewer who's reviewing an audiotape, NOT the signet paperback book on this page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin2007 on September 3, 2012
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Gertrude Stein is Gertrude Stein. What inspired me to write this review was the ABDOMINABLE publishing job done by [...]. The price is right, sure, but this book exemplifies what is wrong with the amazon mindset of cheaply produced books. Gertrude Stein is a challenge to get through on a good day, but with .25" margins and tiny type, digireads makes the process pretty unbearable. I do not understand why they sacrificed just about everything that makes book-reading pleasurable in order to save what probably amounts to a few pennies. I take total responsibility for opting for the cheapest book, however, I will never do this again. If you want to enjoy Tender Buttons, just splurge for some used Penguin Classic and boycott this pathetic pirating of the classics with expired copyright.
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If you've read anything by Gertrude Stein before, you'll know that Three Lives and Tender Buttons is no different from her way of looking at an object and writing the vaguest but also most detailed descriptions of what something is. It's an interesting read, but a little confusing and disheartening to try the first time through.
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By Melinda S. Roth on May 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
Tender Buttons is a great set of writing. I would also recommend the Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas as well as her book Paris, France.

I love Ms. Stein.
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