The World is Round by Gertrude Stein, Clement Hurd, Thacher Hurd


The World is Round by Gertrude Stein, Clement Hurd, Thacher Hurd

The World is Round is Gertrude Stein's only children's book and tells the story of a young girl named Rose who contemplates about who, what, and why she is - often expressing herself through rhyme and song - eventually making a long solo journey up a mountain. As with many of her writings, Stein plays with words and language throughout the book, incorporating her most famous line, Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose, several times in the story. Honoring the graphic beauty of the first publication, this edition is an exact facsimile - just slightly smaller in trim size - and features all of Clement Hurd's stunning blue and white line art printed on the rose pink paper that was so important to Stein. Hurd, best known for his work in Goodnight Moon, was selected by Stein herself from a field of competitors. This edition showcases numerous highlights including: a revealing foreword by Clement Hurd's son, illustrator and author Thacher Hurd; an afterword by Clement Hurd's wife and erstwhile collaborator, Edith Thacher Hurd, which also sheds light on the children's book publishing scene in the 1930s; and images from the Hurd family archives such as Stein in France at the time of the book's writing, the real-life Rose, Clement Hurd at work, as well as with his wife and son, and correspondence between Clement Hurd and Gertrude Stein during their collaboration. Visually breathtaking and eternally modern, this special edition of The World is Round will appeal to new and old readers of this unique children's classic.


The perfect mix of Gertrude Stein's painterly words and Clement Hurd's elegant illustrations make The World Is Round an unforgettable treasure. -- Todd Oldham a book. a beautiful book. arrived. it is pink and it is smart and it is beautiful. bring that book over here so i can look at it. would you like some tea? -- Maira Kalman

About the Author

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was born in Pittsburgh to a prosperous German-Jewish family. She was educated in France and the United States, worked under the pioneering psychologist William James, and later studied medicine. With her brother Leo she was an important patron of the arts, acquiring works by many contemporary artists, most famously Picasso, while her home became a popular meeting place for writers and painters from Matisse to Hemingway. Her books include Three Lives, Tender Buttons, and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Clement Hurd (1908-1988) is best known for illustrating Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, the classic picture books by Margaret Wise Brown. He studied painting in Paris with Fernand Leger and others in the early 1930s. After his return to the United States in 1935, he began to work in children's books. He illustrated more than one hundred books, many of them with his wife, Edith Thacher Hurd, including the Johnny Lion books, The Day the Sun Danced, and The Merry Chase. A native of New York City, he lived most of his life in Vermont and California. Clement Hurd (1908-1988) se graduo de Yale University. Estudio pintura en Paris en los anos 1930 con Fernand Leger, entre otros. Alli fue donde desarrollo su estilo caracteristico, compuesto de colores de fuerte contraste. Hurd estuvo casado con la escritora Edith Thacher Hurd, con quien tambien creo muchos libros que se convirtieron en favoritos de los ninos. Thacher Hurd is the award-winning author and illustrator of several children's books. He lives with his wife, Olivia, in Berkeley, California. Thacher Hurd es un autor e ilustrador que ha recibido varios premios por sus libros para ninos. Vive con su esposa, Olivia, en Berkeley, California.

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128 pages


Gertrude Stein, Clement Hurd, Thacher Hurd
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Harper Design International an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Inc

Publication date

11th November 2013



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