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How to Write
How to Write, Stein, Gertrude. Published by Plain Edition, 1931. First Edition of which only 1,000 copies were printed. 16mo up to 6½" tall. 395pp. Grey paper over lighter grey paper-covered boards, printed paper spine label. Issued without dust jacket . Shakespeare and Company book label to rear pastedown including name of original proprietor Sylvia Beach and shop's address as 12 Rue de L'Odeon, Paris. Light fading to boards, light soil mark outside top edge, otherwise in beautiful, unmarked condition; binding tight and square. This volume has significant literary importance. Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), was one of the most influential American modernists of the 20th Century. A prolific and experimental writer herself, Stein regularly hosted a literary and artistic salon from her Paris home at 27 Rue de Fleurus. Guests included Ernest Hemmingway, Ezra Pound, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. From 1930 to 1933, Stein and her life-long partner Alice B.Toklas were publishers of their own press called The Plain Edition. The Plain Edition published 5 books in total; this volume How To Write was limited to 1000 copies. Sylvia Beach, (1887-1962) an American ex-pat, owned the English language bookstore Shakespeare and Company located at 12 Rue de L'Odeon, Paris. It became an iconic gathering (and sometimes residence) for writers of the 'Lost Generation'. Gertrude Stein could be found there as well as Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, TS Eliot, Ezra Pound, Andre Gide, William Carlos Williams and James Joyce. Beach published Joyce's controversial book Ulysses in 1922 under the Shakespeare and Company imprint. Hemmingway writes about the store in A Moveable Feast. Shakespeare and Company closed in December 1941 during the German occupation of France in World War II. Hemmingway claimed to have 'personally liberated' the store at the end of the war although Beach chose not to reopen. In 1951 American George Whitman opened up an English-language bookstore on the Paris left bank intentionally modelling it on Shakespeare and Company. It too became the gathering place and residence for many famous writers and the publisher of literary firsts. With Beach's prior permission, Whitman renamed his shop Shakespeare and Company after Beach's death. Whitman's daughter Sylvia Whitman, (named after Sylvia Beach) took over the shop in 2003.
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