New York: Random House , 1945. First printing. Hardcover. 259 pp. Price of $2.50 on the front flap of the dust jacket. Written between 1940 and 1944, during the Nazi occupation of France, this volume is the last installment in Stein's series of memoirs, exceedingly difficult to find in collectible condition. Gertrude Stein was an indelible influence on the Lost Generation of writers, hosting writers like Joyce, Hemingway, Van Vetchen, and others in her Paris salon. Stein also famously collaborated with her significant other, Alice B. Toklas. Toklas was her reader and typist, assisting Stein with her manuscripts. Over the years, Gertrude Stein has received recognition as an eminent post-modernist writer and important feminist figure. Her eschewal of dialogue and linear structure would set a precedent for future post-modernist literature. In addition, Stein was perhaps the earliest collector of modern art, displaying several paintings from Picasso and Matisse in her Parisian home ("Stein's Life and Career", Linda Wagner-Martin, The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States). Very near Fine / Near Fine. Item #00008134
A very near Fine book in a Near Fine dust jacket with a few hints of edge wear and mild toning, as is expected of war-time publications.