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Lifting belly
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946.
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First Naiad Press edition.
Publication Information:
Tallahassee, FL : Naiad Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xxxiv, 62 pages ; 23 cm
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Central Library PS3537.T313 L5 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Central Library PS3537.T313 L5 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Classic lesbian erotic poem by the mistress herself -- Gertrude Stein.

Author Notes

Famous writer Gertrude Stein was born on February 3, 1874 in Allegheny, PA and was educated at Radcliffe College and Johns Hopkins medical school.

Stein wrote Three Lives, The Making of Americans, and Tender Buttons, all of which were considered difficult for the average reader. She is most famous for her opera Four Saints in Three Acts and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, which was actually an autobiography of Stein herself. With her companion Alice B. Toklas, Stein received the French government's Medaille de la Reconnaissance Francaise for theory work with the American fund for French Wounded in World War I.

Gertrude Stein died in Neuilly-ser-Seine, France on July 27, 1946.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Often considered the central erotic work of Stein's middle period, this love poem written to her longtime companion, Alice B. Toklas, reveals a vulnerability and tenderness unexpected of one so famous for caustic wit. Associative in structure, the work consists of alternately cryptic and conversational fragments detailing a shared domestic life. A very brief initial section observes the hardships of gay estrangement from society, while the body of the work applauds the decision to endure these for love's sake. Readers will welcome an unusual view of Stein in this first trade edition of a signal work in which ``lifting belly''--signifying sexual union--comes to imply passionate commitment to another and acceptance of oneself. Mark is a professor of literature at Tulane University. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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