A Description of Acquaintance:
The Letters of Laura Riding and Gertrude Stein, 1927-1930
University of New Mexico Press (1 Jun. 2023)
ISBN-10 : 0826364896 ISBN-13 : 978-0826364890
Gertrude Stein and Laura Riding enjoyed a fascinating if brief three-year friendship via correspondence between 1927 and 1930, and in A Description of Acquaintance, Logan Esdale and Jane Malcolm make the letters available to a larger audience for the first time. Riding and Stein are important figures in twentieth-century poetry and poetics and are considered progenitors of later movements such as L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry. The editors contextualize their relationship and its time period with an introduction; annotations to the letters; and supplementary materials, including pieces by Stein and Riding that exemplify their singular perspectives on modernism as well as their personal poetics. The book provides unique insight into Stein’s and Riding’s writing processes as well as the larger literary world around them, making it a must-read for anyone interested in twentieth-century poetry.