Books: Stein Way, Grand

PORTRAITS AND PRAYERS—Gertrude Stein—Random House ($2.50).

When Gertrude Stein's Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas appeared last year, readers discovered to their surprise that Author Stein could write plain, understandable English. When she landed in the U.S. last month for her first visit in 31 years, newshawks and newsreel audiences were further chagrined at her shrewd and sensible remarks (TIME, Nov. 5). Even listeners at her strictly limited lectures understood more than half of what she said. But the publication of Portraits and Prayers made it plain that in the Autobiography, in her public...

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