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Published to commemorate its 75th anniversary, The World Is Round brings back into print the classic story created by Gertrude Stein and Clement Hurd.

Written in her unique prose style, Gertrude Stein’s The World Is Round chronicles the adventures of a young girl named Rose—a whimsical tale that delights in wordplay and sound while exploring the ideas of personal identity and individuality. This stunning volume replicates the original 1939 edition to a T, including all of Clement Hurd’s original blue-and-white art printed on the rose-pink paper that Stein insisted upon. 

Also featured here are two essays that provide an inside view to the making of the book. The first, a foreword by Clement Hurd’s son, author and illustrator Thacher Hurd, includes previously unpublished photographs and sheds light on a creative family life in Vermont, where his father and mother, author Edith Thacher Hurd, often collaborated on children’s books. The second essay, an afterword by Edith Thacher Hurd, takes readers behind the scenes of the making of The World Is Round, including the numerous letters exchanged between Hurd and Stein as well as images of Stein with the real-life Rose and her white poodle, Love.

Rose wonders who she is, asking herself if she would still be Rose if her name were not Rose, and goes on a journey in search of herself.

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  • “What a fun and thought-provoking narration by Kate Mulgrew!…She engages the listener in an enlightening story about a girl who goes on an adventure of self-discovery. Her depictions of the characters come alive through her inflections. She’s both animated and eccentric in her intonations…Mulgrew continues to captivate to the very end.”

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  • “Thirty-four brief chapters written in Stein’s characteristically melodic, repetitive language follow the musings, travels, and eventual “happily ever after” of Rose and her cousin (or is he?) Willie. While Stein’s writing has always had its critics, this volume will be a treasure trove for admirers of her singular vision.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author
Author Gertrude Stein

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.