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City Lights Releases Corrected Centennial Edition of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons
Rejoice, cake fans: City Lights has just released a centennial edition of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons! In honor of the occasion, poet and author Michelle Tea, biographer Renate Stendhal, poet Juliana Spahr (who wrote the book’s afterword), and editor Seth Perlow discussed the book at the San Francisco Public Library on April 23. You can listen to the podcast here. More on the book:
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the original publication of Gertrude Stein’s groundbreaking modernist classic, Tender Buttons. This centennial edition is the first and only version to incorporate Stein’s own handwritten corrections—found in a first-edition copy at the University of Colorado—as well as corrections discovered among her papers at the Beinecke Library at Yale University. Editor Seth Perlow has assembled a text with over 100 emendations, resulting in the first version of Tender Buttons that truly reflects its author’s intentions. These changes are detailed in Perlow’s “Note on the Text,” which describes the editorial process and lists the specific variants for the benefit of future scholars. The book includes facsimile images of some of Stein’s handwritten edits and lists of corrections, as well as an afterword by noted contemporary poet and scholar Juliana Spahr. A compact, attractive edition suitable for general readers as well as scholars, Tender Buttons: The Corrected Centennial Edition is unique among the available versions of this classic text and is destined to become the standard.