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To Do - a book of alphabets and birthdays

Stein, Gertrude; illus by Giselle Potter

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ISBN 10: 0300170971 / ISBN 13: 9780300170979
Published by Yale Univ Press, New Haven CT, 2011
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Written in 1940, now published with witty illustrations, a literary romp through the alphabet. Mint new unopened HB copy. 8-1/2 x 9-1/2, 120 pp, color illus. New, still in unopened publishers shrinkwrap. Hardcover in maroon cloth boards; in color illus jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 30838

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Title: To Do - a book of alphabets and birthdays

Publisher: Yale Univ Press, New Haven CT

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st edition..

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"Alphabets and names make games and everybody has a name and all the same they have in a way to have a birthday," muses Gertrude Stein in To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays. Written in 1940 and intended as a follow-up to her children's book The World Is Round, published the previous year, To Do is a fanciful journey through the alphabet. Each letter is represented by four names (including Gertrude for "G") and features a short story told in verse. "[This is] a birthday book I would have liked as a child," said Stein of To Do.

Publishers rejected the manuscript as too complex for children, and it remained unpublished during Stein's lifetime. A text-only version issued from Yale University Press in 1957. Now, more than seventy years after Stein penned the story, To Do is appearing with illustrations, realizing the author's original concept for the book. Giselle Potter's witty and stylish illustrations provide a perfect complement to Stein's uniquely whimsical world of words, creating a truly delightful, often hilarious book that adults and children alike can appreciate and love.

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Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was at the forefront of the development of modern art and literature. Her archive is housed in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Giselle Potter has worked for the New Yorker and has illustrated more than twenty children's books. Timothy Young is curator of modern books and manuscripts at the Beinecke.

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