Tender Buttons

Tender Buttons
The Corrected Centennial Edition
Edited by Seth Perlow
Afterword by Juliana Spahr





Rain Taxi Review of Books

"Tender Buttons is a dazzling work that rewards close study and requires a willingness to let go of the need for concrete, literal storytelling."—Christopher Luna, Rain Taxi Review of Books


"Twenty-two microreviews of "Tender Buttons" by Jacket2"
Mar 10, 2015

Jacket2 presents "microreviews" by various writers who reflect on this book that first appeared in print in 1914.

- Jacket2

Jewish Book Council

"Tender Buttons is a showcase of Stein's joyful draw to words."—Dina Weinstein, Jewish Book Council


Scene4 Magazine

"What distinguishes this edition from others is over 100 edits, some indicated by Stein in her unmistakable handwriting found by editor Perlow in a first-edition copy held at the University of Colorado, as well as other corrections gleaned from her papers at Beinecke Library of Yale University and from the Library of America edition."--Karren LaLonde Alenier, Scene4 Magazine


"Harriet, blog of The Poetry Foundation"
May 7, 2014

Harriet gives Tender Buttons a nice shout out, linking to the City Lights podcast series recording of the San Francisco book event.

- Harriet

"Essay: Keeping up with Gertrude Stein 100 years later."
Apr 28, 2014

Richard Froude discusses Tender Buttons on it's centennial for Colorado Public Radio.

- Richard Froude, Colorado Public Radio

San Francisco Bay Times

"She did in writing what Picasso and her other painter friends were doing in their Cubist painting. Writing had to be moved out of the grip of the nineteenth century. All naturalistic description, romanticism and sentimentality had to be left behind."--Renate Stendhal, San Francisco Bay Times


"The Rumpus poetry column features Tender Buttons"
Apr 2, 2014

Tender Buttons was recently reissued by City Lights Books, to mark the centennial of a volume that broke language barriers, acknowledging hungers to see more. It challenged with inspired daring.

- Barbara Berman, The Rumpus

"Seth Perlow interviewed on WBAI in New York"
Mar 31, 2014

Seth Perlow discusses his corrected centennial edition of Tender Buttons with Janet Coleman of Cat Radio Cafe. Choose show recorded on March 31, 2014 from the archives page. Interview begins around 9 minutes in.

- Janet Coleman, Cat Radio Cafe, WBAI

"NPR story on the 75th anniversary of a Stein publication, A Rose is a Rose is a Rose."
Nov 9, 2013

While we're getting ready to celebrate Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons centennial in 2014, did you know that her children's book turned 75? (Yes, that's right, Stein authored a kid's book!)

- National Public Radio