Gertrude Stein read by Marian Seldes, LP 1963


Seldes back

Folkways Records/Smithsonian Folkways FL9742, 1963.
Painting on the cover: Richard Banks.
Photograph: Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964), the literary executor of Gertrude Stein.

Classical Broadway actress born 1928, Marian Seldes has had a long carreer starting 1947 in New York stage venues, appearing in classical plays like Euripedes’ Medea, Giraudoux, Tchekov, … In the 1960s, she was involved in Tenessee Williams and Edward Albee plays. Marian Seldes played Alice Toklas in ‘Gertrude Stein and a Companion’, a 1986 TV program based on Stein and Toklas relationship. She was also interviewed in the documentary ‘Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud’, PBS, 1996, which I’d be curious to see. Additionaly, she appeared recently in ‘Sex and the City’ as well.

This 1963 LP, part of Folkways Records/Smithsonian Folkways Poet’s Theatre Series, is a reading from 2 Gertrude Stein’s books: side A has ‘Making of the americans’ (written 1906-8, p1925) and side B has ‘Lectures in America’ (1934). This lovely reading is very nice to hear, thanks to Marian Seldes’ smooth voice.

6p booklet of texts included in the compressed file.


2 Responses to “Gertrude Stein read by Marian Seldes, LP 1963”

  1. 1 Hans Gallas November 1, 2007 at 8:27 am

    This recording by Marian Seldes can be downloaded from

  2. 2 continuo November 1, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Thanks for telling us we can now buy records online, sir. Very convenient. Nice website you have over there at

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