Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was an American novelist and poet. Born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, Stein was raised in an upper-middle-class Jewish family alongside four siblings. After a brief move to Vienna and Paris, the Steins settled in Oakland, California in 1878, where Stein would spend her formative years. In 1892, following the loss of her mother and father, Stein moved with her sister to live with family in Baltimore, where she was exposed to salon culture. From 1893 to 1897 she attended...See more
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) was an American novelist and poet. Born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, Stein was raised in an upper-middle-class Jewish family alongside four siblings. After a brief move to Vienna and Paris, the Steins settled in Oakland, California in 1878, where Stein would spend her formative years. In 1892, following the loss of her mother and father, Stein moved with her sister to live with family in Baltimore, where she was exposed to salon culture. From 1893 to 1897 she attended Radcliffe College, studying psychology under William James. Conducting experiments on the phenomenon of normal motor automatism, Stein produced early examples of steam of consciousness or automatic writing, a hallmark of the Modernist style later practiced by Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and William Faulkner. In 1897, she enrolled at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine on the recommendation of James, but ultimately left before completing her degree. She moved to Paris with her brother Leo, an artist, in 1903. In the French capital, the Steins gained a reputation as art collectors, purchasing works by Picasso, Matisse, Gauguin, CÚzanne, and Renoir. At 27 rue de Fleurus, Stein hosted an influential salon for such artists and intellectuals as Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, who recognized her as a leading Modernist and central figure of the so-called Lost Generation. Her influential works include Three Lives (1909), Tender Buttons (1912), and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933), all of which exemplify her control over vastly different styles of poetry and prose. Capable of producing experimental, hermetic works that draw attention to the constructed nature of language, Stein also excelled with straightforward narratives, essays, and biographical descriptions. From 1907 until her death, Stein and her life partner Alice B. Toklas gained a reputation as leaders in the international avant-garde, and remain essential to our understanding of the development of twentieth century art and culture. See less
The following is a personality profile of Gertrude Stein based on her work.
Gertrude Stein is a bit compulsive.
She is intermittent, she has a hard time sticking with difficult tasks for a long period of time. She is unconcerned with art as well: she is less concerned with artistic or creative activities than most people who participated in our surveys. But, Gertrude Stein is also laid-back: she appreciates a relaxed pace in life.
She is motivated to seek out experiences that provide a strong feeling of discovery.
She is also relatively unconcerned with tradition: she cares more about making her own path than following what others have done. Considers helping others to guide a large part of what she does: she thinks it is important to take care of the people around him.
This is a fine example of Gertrude Stein's writing style - spare, frank and humorous (intentional or not). It's a view into the past, but many of her observations of the French are timeless, even ... Read More
Rec'd this, and much enjoyed it. Gertrude Stein remains a cipher -- a difficult author, and a problematic person (viz: the last couple of years of articles that have appears about Stein and Toklas in ... Read More
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