Stein began composition of the book in 1912 with multiple short prose poems in an effort to “create a word relationship between the word and the things seen” using a “realist” perspective. She then published it in three sections as her second book in 1914.
For Gertrude Stein and her companion Alice B. Toklas, life in Paris was based upon the rue de Fleurus and the Saturday evenings and �it was like a kaleidoscope slowly turning�. Picasso was there with �his high whinnying spanish giggle�, as were Cezanne and Matisse, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. As Toklas put it � �The geniuses came and talked to…
Tender Buttons is renowned for its Modernist approach to portraying the everyday object and is lauded as a “masterpiece of verbal Cubism”. Its first poem, “A Carafe, That Is a Blind Glass”, is arguable its most famous and is usually cited as one of the quintessential pieces of Cubist literature. While it has been praised for its avant-garde approach at portraying the mundane, it has also been criticized as “a modernist triumph, a spectacular failure, a collection of confusing gibberish, and an intentional hoax”.
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