To Do

A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays

By Gertrude Stein; Giselle Potter (Illustrator); Timothy Young (Introduction by)
(Yale University Press, Hardcover, 9780300170979, 128pp.)

Publication Date: May 2011

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Description

"Alphabets and names make games and everybody has a name and all the same they have in a way to have a birthday," muses Gertrude Stein in "To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays." Written in 1940 and intended as a follow-up to her children's book "The World Is Round," published the previous year, "To Do" is a fanciful journey through the alphabet. Each letter is represented by four names (including Gertrude for "G") and features a short story told in verse. " This is] a birthday book I would have liked as a child," said Stein of "To Do."

Publishers rejected the manuscript as too complex for children, and it remained unpublished during Stein's lifetime. A text-only version issued from Yale University Press in 1957. Now, more than seventy years after Stein penned the story, "To Do" is appearing with illustrations, realizing the author's original concept for the book. Giselle Potter's witty and stylish illustrations provide a perfect complement to Stein's uniquely whimsical world of words, creating a truly delightful, often hilarious book that adults and children alike can appreciate and love.




About the Author
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was a major literary figure at the center of a circle of expatriate writers and artists living in Paris during the early decades of the twentieth century. She is the author of "Three Lives, Tender Buttons, " and "The Making of Americans, " among other works. "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas" was a best-seller in the United States. Joan Retallack is John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Humanities at Bard College. She is the author of many books, including "Afterrimages, How To Do Things With Words, " and "The Poethical Wager" (UC Press).

Giselle Potter lives in New York statewith her family. She has illustrated over twenty books including "The Honest-to-Goodness Truth" by Patricia McKissack.

Timothy Young is a poet and retired educator in juvenile corrections. His book, Herds Of Bears Surround Us, was published by Red Dragonfly Press in 2010. He has recorded three CDs of poetry and his poem 'Mississippi Ecstasy' was set for a big band jazz suite by composer, Dan Cavanagh. He is chairman of the Board of Directors for Robert Bly's Minnesota Men's Conferences.
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