Wars I Have Seen by Gertrude Stein (Dust-Jacket by Cecil Beaton)

Artist(s): Cecil Beaton
Author(s): Gertrude Stein
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 1945
Publisher: Batsford
Total Pages: 191


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Dust-jacket designed by Cecil Beaton. Intimate friends of Gertrude Stein, aware of her indomitable courage and resourcefulness, were not at all surprised when she emerged unscathed from the Nazi occupation of France, her Picasso collection intact and her poodle, Basket, wagging his tail contentedly at her heels. But Stein had her full share of troubles and excitement in those four years, and it is this unbelievable period that she documents in full in this most graphic and revealing of all her books.

Written in longhand under the very noses of the Nazis, Wars I Have Seen is the on-the-spot story of what the people of France endured. From the early days, in which Stein was more concerned with foraging food for her dogs than with the fate of democracy, to the coming of the Americans, which gave her the thrill of a lifetime, Stein depicts the heroic exploits of the French Resistance fighters and the excitement of the battle for liberation with all of her signature literary panache.

Condition: publishers file copy with stamps to front/rear endpaper, half-title and title pages. Blue cloth boards a little worn and sunned to edges and to top and tail of spine. Dust-wrapper worn and slightly foxed to rear with with a small segment of loss to top of spine.


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