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Picture of Gertrude Stein, author of The Autobiograph of Alice B. Toklas; novelist and poet; twentieth century American literature and poetry
Gertrude Stein   (1874 - 1946)
Category:  American Literature
Born:  February 3, 1874
Allegheny,Pennsylvania, United States
Died:  July 27, 1946
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Related authors:
Alice B. Toklas, Ernest Hemingway, Guillaume Apollinaire, James Joyce, Janet Flanner, Sherwood Anderson, Sylvia Beach, Thornton Wilder, Wyndham Lewis
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Gertrude Stein - LIFE STORIES
2/8/1934     Stein in America
On this day in 1934, Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts premiered. The opening was a celebrated event on its own -- Buckminster Fuller arrived to it in his Dymaxion Car -- but it also inspired Stein to visit America later in the year for a lecture tour. Her first visit in thirty years made tickertape headlines on the NY Times building and in the press: "Gerty Gerty Stein Stein is Back Home Home Back."
3/7/1967     Toklas After Stein
On this day in 1967 Alice B. Toklas died, at the age of eighty-nine. Toklas spent her last twenty-one years without Gertrude Stein, but with the same idiosyncratic devotion to Stein's genius as she had throughout their thirty-three years together. This did not protect her from those managing Stein's estate, and at eighty-seven she was evicted from the flat which the two had shared for decades.
9/1/1933     Stein by Stein-as-Toklas
On this day in 1933, Gertrude Stein published The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, her account of her salon life as seen through the devoted eyes of her companion. This ventriloquism allowed her to be Boswell to her own Johnson, and enshrine such Steinisms as "It was then that Gertrude Stein said, Hemingway, remarks are not literature."
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Baby Precious Always Shines: Selected Love Notes Between Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas
by Kaye Turner (Editor), Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas
Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder
by Gertrude Stein, Edward Burns (Editor), Ulla E. Dydo (Editor), William Rice (Editor)
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Academy of American Poets
Find a biography, selections from "Stanzas in Meditation," bibliography, and links.

"In 1903, Stein moved to Paris: she did not return to the United States for over thirty years. She and her brother Leo, an art critic and painter, took an apartment on the Left Bank. Their apartment, 27 rue de Fleurus, soon became gathering spot for many young artists and writers including Henri Matisse, Ezra Pound, Pablo Picasso, Max Jacob, and Guillaume Apollinaire. Stein was a passionate advocate for the 'new' in art, and her literary friendships grew to include writers as diverse as William Carlos Williams, Djuana Barnes, Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, and Ernest Hemingway. It was to Hemingway that Stein coined the phrase 'the lost generation' to describe the expatriate writers living abroad between the wars."
Modern & Contemporary American Poetry
Find a short biography and selected quotes by Stein on composition, narrative, and textual movement. Also offers commentary and observations about the writer by Sherwood Anderson, Edith Sitwell, Robert Creeley, Wallace Fowlie, and W. G. Rogers.

"Stein and her brother were among the first collectors of works by the Cubists and other experimental painters of the period, such as Pablo Picasso (who painted her portrait), Henri Matisse, and Georges Braque, several of whom became her friends. At her salon they mingled with expatriate American writers, such as Sherwood Anderson and Ernest Hemingway, and other visitors drawn by her literary reputation. Her literary and artistic judgments were revered, and her chance remarks could make or destroy reputations. In her own work, she attempted to parallel the theories of Cubism, specifically in her concentration on the illumination of the present moment and her use of slightly varied repetitions and extreme simplification and fragmentation."
Modern American Poetry
Find a biography, bibliography, and essays offering analysis and commentary on "Patriarchal Poetry."

"Representative of the work being done by twentieth-century women artists, writers, and readers, Stein's writing gave readers an intimate sense of a woman's life and concerns. In a period when writers prided themselves on being able to shape language to new kinds of expressions, Gertrude Stein moved back into the most traditional relationship between writer and word: letting language find its own patterns, to express whatever meaning the reader might favor, viewing written art as a system of true and mutable communication."
tenderbuttons: Gertrude Stein Online
Home to the Stein-L discussion list and virtual salon. Also features a small selection of articles.
The World of Gertrude Stein
A fan site features a biography, quotes, and images, including photographs and a portrait of the writer by Pablo Picasso:

"After meeting Picasso, Gertrude and the artist became close friends for many years. In 1905 she agreed to sit for the now famous portrait ... later reflecting on the painting she said ... 'I was and still am satisfied with my portrait, for me it is I, and it is the only reproduction of me which is always I, for me.'"
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