Three Lives by Gertrude Stein

Three Lives by Gertrude Stein. 1909 Grafton Press, first edition, 279 pages. A thousand copies were printed of the first edition, 300 of which were used for the British edition. Stein's debut tells three unlinked stories of working class women in a fictional Baltimore. These stories are more accessible than Stein's later work, yet still new in style. No publisher would publish it so she funded her own publication with the vanity press Grafton Press. Later Stein would sell some Picassos to establish her own publisher to publisher her books.

Condition: Very good. Without dust jacket, as issued (Gertrude Stein: A Bibliography; Wilson, Phoenix Bookshop). Rubbing and shelf wear to boards, bumps to spine, the slightest of leans, small pencil markings on endpapers.

"The tradesmen of Bridgeport learned to dread the sound of "Miss Mathilda," for with that name the good Anna always conquered."

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