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Charmed circle: Gertrude Stein & company (original 1974; edition 1974)

by James R. Mellow

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Charmed Circle: Gertrude Stein and Company by James R. Mellow (1974)

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Mentioned in The Princessa: Machiavelli for Women by Harriet Rubin.
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Academic and dense, a volume for the keen student or afficianado. I like it. ( )
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For my mother and father, who taught me the quirky realities of life -- what was gently funny, what was interesting, what might be beautiful, what was worthwhile.
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A visitor to the studio at 27, rue Fleurus in the early years of the twentieth century might well have believed he had been admitted to an entirely new form of institution -- a ministry of propaganda for modern art.
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Avant-garde Paris comes to life in this “meticulous and loving reconstruction of the period” (The New York Times Book Review)

On almost every Saturday of the first half of the twentieth century, Gertrude Stein would open her door to the likes of Picasso and Matisse, Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Cocteau and Apollinaire, welcoming them into a salon alive with vivid avant-garde paintings and sparkling intellectual conversation. In Charmed Circle, James R. Mellow has re-created this fascinating world and the complex woman who dominated it. His engaging narrative illuminates Stein’s writing—now celebrated along with the work of such literary giants as Joyce and Woolf—including her difficult early periods, which adapted cubism and abstraction to the written word. Rich with detail and insight, it conveys both the serene rhythms of daily life with her devoted partner, Alice B. Toklas, and the radical pulse and dramatic upheavals of her exciting era.

Spanning the years from 1903, when Stein first arrived in Paris, to her final days at the end of the Second World War, Charmed Circle is a penetrating and lively account of a writer at the heart of modernity.

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