Synopses & Reviews
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 The first, a foreword by Clement Hurd's son, author and illustrator Thacher Hurd, includes previously unpublished photographs and sheds light on a creative family life in Vermont, where his father and mother, author Edith Thacher Hurd, often collaborated on children's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.
"This 75th anniversary edition of Stein's 1939 story of a girl named Rose returns to the original proportions, type and vivid pink paper and blue ink of the original, explains Thacher Hurd in a foreword; it also offers an essay from Edith Thacher Hurd, which first appeared in a 1986 edition and includes written exchanges between Stein and Clement Hurd. Thirty-four brief chapters written in Stein's characteristically melodic, repetitive language follow the musings, travels, and eventual 'happily ever after' of Rose and her cousin (or is he?) Willie. While Stein's writing has always had its critics, this volume will be a treasure trove for admirers of her singular vision and Hurd's always charming artwork." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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
Clement Hurd (1908-1988) is best known for illustrating Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, the classic picture books by Margaret Wise Brown. He studied painting in Paris with Fernand Léger and others in the early 1930s. After his return to the United States in 1935, he began to work in children's books. He illustrated more than one hundred books, many of them with his wife, Edith Thacher Hurd, including the Johnny Lion books, The Day the Sun Danced, and The Merry Chase. A native of New York City, he lived most of his life in Vermont and California.
Clement Hurd (1908-1988) se graduó de Yale University. Estudió pintura en París en los años 1930 con Fernand Léger, entre otros. Allí fue donde desarrolló su estilo característico, compuesto de colores de fuerte contraste. Hurd estuvo casado con la escritora Edith Thacher Hurd, con quien también creó muchos libros que se convirtieron en favoritos de los niños.
Thacher Hurd is the award-winning author and illustrator of several children's books. He lives with his wife, Olivia, in Berkeley, California.
Thacher Hurd es un autor e ilustrador que ha recibido varios premios por sus libros para niños. Vive con su esposa, Olivia, en Berkeley, California.