Gertrude Stein

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Date of Birth February 3, 1874
Place of Birth Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date of Death Jul 27, 1946 (72)
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Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. Born in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Pittsburgh and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, and made France her home for the remainder of her life. She hosted a Paris salon, where the leading figures of modernism in literature and art, such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Ezra Pound, Sherwood Anderson and Henri Matisse, would meet. In 1933, Stein published a quasi-memoir of her Paris years, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, written in the voice of Alice B. Toklas, her life partner. The book became a literary bestseller and vaulted Stein from the relative obscurity of the cult-literature scene into the limelight of mainstream attention. Two quotes from her works have become widely known: "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose," and "there is no there there", with the latter often taken to be a reference to her childhood home of Oakland.

Born: February 3, 1874, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: July 27, 1946, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Occupation: Writer, poet, novelist, playwright, and art collector.
Nationality: American
Literary movement: Modernist literature
Partner: Alice Babette Toklas
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About Gertrude Stein

Modernist writer and art collector who attracted such renowned authors and artists as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso to her Parisian intellectual circle. Her numerous literary works include Three Lives, Tender Buttons, and The Making of Americans.

Before Fame

She attended Radcliffe College during the 1890s and experimented with stream-of-consciousness writing, which would develop into an important element of her modernist literary style. She began medical school at Johns Hopkins University but dropped out to move to Europe.

Achievement

She is famous for the quotation, "A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose." She is also credited with popularizing the term, "The Lost Generation."

Family Life

Her life partner, Alice Toklas, was the subject of Stein's popular 1933 memoir, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.

Associations

She and James Michener were both acclaimed, Pennsylvania-born authors.

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