Sunday 30 August 2020

The World Is Round 

by Gertrude Stein (Author), Clement Hurd (Author), Thacher Hurd (Author)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; 75th Anniversary ed. edition (Oct. 29 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006220307X


Published to commemorate its 75th anniversary, The World Is Round brings back into print the classic story created by Gertrude Stein and Clement Hurd.
Written in her unique prose style, Gertrude Stein's The World Is Round chronicles the adventures of a young girl named Rose—a whimsical tale that delights in wordplay and sound while exploring the ideas of personal identity and individuality. This stunning volume replicates the original 1939 edition to a T, including all of Clement Hurd's original blue-and-white art printed on the rose-pink paper that Stein insisted upon. Also featured here are two essays that provide an inside view to the making of the book. The first, a foreword by Clement Hurd's son, author and illustrator Thacher Hurd, includes previously unpublished photographs and sheds light on a creative family life in Vermont, where his father and mother, author Edith Thacher Hurd, often collaborated on children's books. The second essay, an afterword by Edith Thacher Hurd, takes readers behind the scenes of the making of The World Is Round, including the numerous letters exchanged between Hurd and Stein as well as images of Stein with the real-life Rose and her white poodle, Love.

What I Thought 

 The World is Round is somewhat of a different-type book for this age group, but it is incredibly unique and the prose style of Gertrude Stein is intriguing. The story is written with wordplay and sound and, when reading to a child, will keep the child listening attentively to the story. Delightful, whether you're a child or an adult.

About the Author

 Gertrude Stein (1874–1946) was born in Pittsburgh to a prosperous German-Jewish family. She was educated in France and the United States, worked under the pioneering psychologist William James, and later studied medicine. With her brother Leo she was an important patron of the arts, acquiring works by many contemporary artists, most famously Picasso, while her home became a popular meeting place for writers and painters from Matisse to Hemingway. Her books include Three Lives, Tender Buttons, and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas