THE READING BOOK
Le Livre de lecture- Gertrude Stein & Alice Lorenzi - 16 x 24 cm - 80 pages - €16 November 2016
A dog who wants to learn how to read; a little boy named Charlie Tsar who spends his time counting “C”s; why reading is preferable to measuring, to saying, or seeing to wanting… These are just some of the ideas and odd questions put forward by Gertrude Stein. A book that perfectly combines the light-hearted with the more serious, as appropriate when speaking to, or pretending to speak to, children. Published several months after the author’s death, this little Reading Book includes about twenty facetious lessons, and three short theatre pieces, playing with language, grammar, sounds and meaning.
Born in Pennsylvania in 1874, Gertrude Stein moved to France with her brother Léo in 1903. Both had a keen eye for art and became amongst the greatest patrons on the Parisian scene. Gertrude differentiated herself from her brother with a predilection for artistic radicalism, particularly Cubism. Her relationship with Alice B. Toklas marked a definite break from her brother. The gallery they ran together in their apartment on rue de Fleurus became a rendezvous for painters (Picasso, Matisse, Derain…). She also wrote a great deal, trying her hand at different genres, reinventing them in her own way with repetitions and groups of clauses that twisted the grammar. She died in Paris in 1946.