My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz

My Faraway One Selected Letters of Georgia O Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz There are few couples in the history of th century American art and culture prominent than Georgia O Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz Between when they first began to write to e

  • Title: My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz
  • Author: Sarah Greenough Alfred Stieglitz Sarah Greenough
  • ISBN: 9780300166309
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There are few couples in the history of 20th century American art and culture prominent than Georgia O Keeffe 1887 1986 and Alfred Stieglitz 1864 1946 Between 1915, when they first began to write to each other, and 1946, when Stieglitz died, O Keeffe and Stieglitz exchanged over 5,000 letters than 25,000 pages that describe their daily lives in profoundlyThere are few couples in the history of 20th century American art and culture prominent than Georgia O Keeffe 1887 1986 and Alfred Stieglitz 1864 1946 Between 1915, when they first began to write to each other, and 1946, when Stieglitz died, O Keeffe and Stieglitz exchanged over 5,000 letters than 25,000 pages that describe their daily lives in profoundly rich detail This long awaited volume features some 650 letters, carefully selected and annotated by leading photography scholar Sarah Greenough.In O Keeffe s sparse and vibrant style and Stieglitz s fervent and lyrical manner, the letters describe how they met and fell in love in the 1910s how they carved out a life together in the 1920s how their relationship nearly collapsed during the early years of the Depression and how it was reconstructed in the late 1930s and early 1940s At the same time, the correspondence reveals the creative evolution of their art and ideas their friendships with many of the most influential figures in early American modernism Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Paul Strand, to name a few and their relationships and conversations with an exceptionally wide range of key figures in American and European art and culture including Duncan Phillips, Diego Rivera, D H Lawrence, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Marcel Duchamp Further, their often poignant prose reveals insights into the impact of larger cultural forces World Wars I and II the booming economy of the 1920s and the Depression of the 1930s on two articulate, creative individuals.

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    1. I enjoyed taking my time with these letters, reading several letters a day. As with every person, not everyday is exciting, there are times that are monotonous and the letters do reflect that, on the other side there are some that are more exciting and interesting. I would recommend this for anyone who likes to take their time reading over a cup of coffee or hot chocolate (picturing an idealistic setting here with snow in the background). I won this from Firstreads.

    2. From NPR's website:From 1915 until 1946, some 25,000 pieces of paper were exchanged between two major 20th-century artists. Painter Georgia O'Keeffe and photographer Alfred Stieglitz wrote each other letters — sometimes two and three a day, some of them 40 pages long. The correspondence tracks their relationship from acquaintances to admirers to lovers to man and wife to exasperated — but still together — long-marrieds.The first volume of those letters has just been published. My Faraway O [...]

    3. I'll come back to this off and on forever, I think, but the magic is in their voices - it doesn't need to be read front to back.

    4. Delicious.In Stieglitz's absence O'Keeffe was surprised to realize that she had a "feeling of quiet--of being a whole person all by myself that I seem to rather like--I seem to be only a very small fraction of a person when you are around--and I believe I like to be a whole one all by myself."

    5. Even though George O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz wrote thousands of pages of letters to each other, that doesn't mean they all need to be reprinted in order to share their major themes and reveal the surrounding environment that shaped them. However, this 800 book makes the reader feel as though s/he is reading every single letter they wrote to each other regardless of the mundane and tediousness or pure boredom that can ensue -- and it's only volume one! I gave up after the first quarter and ju [...]

    6. I won this novel, My Faraway One, selected letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz: Volume One, 1915-1933, through giveaway contest.This novel represents a moving account of the lives of two of America's artists and gives a history of information on twentieth-century American art and culture.The selection of letters written between Georgia and Alfred gives a passionate account of their daily lives in New York, Texas and New Mexico during the months that they were apart, between 1915 an [...]

    7. June 6--OMG--This book has arrived today and it is over 700 pages! It is going to be awhile before I'm able to review it July 11 --I have been staring at this tome trying to figure out how to read it and do the review justice. Have decided on a plan of attack for that 700+ page selected letters of O'Keeffe=Stieglitz ! Grew up on snail mail so will read them as though I just wrote and wait a couple of days to read the response.But I will immediately read " my " response. May take me awhile but I [...]

    8. I couldn't finish it. There were moments that were really engaging and interesting, and then moments that were a real struggle to get through. The editor's footnotes and omission of certain letters between Georgia and Alfred frustrated me. I wanted to finish, to know what happens, but the monotonous description of her time in New Mexico is more than I can bear.

    9. 3Nov2011I'm a bit more than midway through this book. Currently in my reading - O'Keeffe is on her first trip to Taos and the letters to AS are full of incredibly happiness and growth. The letters from AS to GO are full of panic, fear, and neurotic ramblings. It's difficult while reading someone's personal letters to not feel like a voyeur.

    10. Very interesting NYRB review re this and other books about O & S. I appears that GO was as fascinating a writer as artist.nybooks/articles/archi

    11. O'Keeffe's paintings and Stieglitz's photographs were among my favorites long before I knew they were married. Would LOVE to have this book!!

    12. This is going to be a long process. I think I'll read a few letters at a time and let them sink in a bit. I so admire these two people in many ways. I look forward to getting to know them better.

    13. it's 800 pages (and it's only volume 1) and if my to-read pile wasn't growing, I would continue to read thise intimacy of the letters is fascinating.

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