Prolific sculptor, teacher and art writer Sidney Geist remains after his death in 2005 a leading authority on pioneer modernist sculptor Constantin Brancusi. Geist’s book, Brancusi: A Study of the Sculpture, is widely considered the seminal study. Geist went on to publish several other books on Brancusi's work, including a catalogue raisonné. In this remarkable excerpt from a collection of unpublished essays, Geist shares his first encounter with the larger than life Romanian sculptor, chronicling Brancusi’s complex relationship to artistic giant Auguste Rodin and friendship of sorts with James Joyce. Another e-leaf by Geist, The Endless Column, is available in our Bookstore.