October 25, 2006

Gertrude Stein's Other Children's Book, Sort Of.

To my esteemed fellow author, Ms. Gertrude Stein:

First let me say, I love your work, and I think you have a very promising future in the arts. Second, congratulations on what appears to be your second children's book, To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays. The witty wordplay of all those names for each letter? Great. I think kids would love to hear the alliterative sounds, and with an alphabet structure, who needs a narrative anyway?

Now I know I've only been in this book publishing biz a few days, but I hope you'll let me give you some friendly advice, as an admiring colleague in letters, you understand.

First off: Your author's portrait on your book jacket. It doesn't even really look like you! And you have to admit, it looks a little mannish. You should consider having someone else do a portrait of you. Do you know anyone? Because I could make some recommendations.

And second, well, actually, that's all I had. Just the picture. Good luck! See you at Borders!

Gertrude Stein's To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays was only published in 1957 as part of her unpublished writings [huh?] Copies of that, plus the 2000 reissue are at abebooks, $4-100 [abebooks]
Or get it straight from the publisher in Copenhagen, Green Integer Books, for $9.95 [greeninteger.com]

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i am wondering if anyone has read this book and knows what was done for z?
any information would be highly appreciated!

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