Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946) was a noted American art collector of seminal modernist paintings and an experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays, which eschewed the narrative, linear, and temporal conventions of 19th century literature. She moved to Paris in 1903, making France her home for the remainder of her life. For some forty years, the Stein home on the Left Bank of Paris would become a renowned Saturday evening gathering place for expatriate American artists and writers, and others noteworthy in the world of vanguard arts and letters. Entrée and membership in the Stein salon was a sought-after validation, signifying that Stein had recognized a talent worthy of inclusion into a rarefied group of gifted artists. Stein became combination mentor, critic, and guru to those who gathered around her. A self-defined "genius", she was described as an imposing figure with a commanding manner whose inordinate self-confidence could intimidate. Among her coterie she was referred to as “Le Stein” and with less laudatory deference as “The Presence.”

In 1933, Stein published the memoirs of her Paris years titled The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, which became a literary bestseller. The advent of this book elevated Stein from the relative obscurity of cult literary figure, into the light of mainstream attention.

Near the end of her life Stein pronounced: "I always wanted to be historical from almost a baby on, I felt that way about it..."

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Famous quotes by gertrude stein:

    We talked about and that has always been a puzzle to me
    why American men think that success is everything
    when they know that eighty percent of them are not
    going to succeed more than to just keep going and why
    if they are not why do they not keep on being
    interested in the things that interested them when
    they were college men and why American men different
    from English men do not get more interesting as they
    get older.
    Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)

    ... the one thing that everybody wants is to be free, to talk to eat to drink to walk to think, to please, to wish, and to do it now.
    Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)

    Is money money or isn’t money money. Everybody who earns
    it and spends it every day in order to live knows
    that money is money, anybody who votes it to be
    gathered in as taxes knows money is not money. That
    is what makes everybody go crazy.... When you earn
    money and spend money every day anybody can know the
    difference between a million and three. But when you
    vote money away there really is not any difference
    between a million and three.
    Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)

    I don’t envisage collectivism. There is no such animal, it is always individualism, sometimes the rest vote and sometimes they do not, and if they do they do and if they do not they do not.
    Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)

    The unreal is natural, so natural that it makes of unreality the most natural of anything natural. That is what America does, and that is what America is.
    Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)