Thursday, February 3, 2022

Feb. 3: Gertrude Stein, American author and patron


Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) American novelist, poet, playwright and patron of the arts. Based in Paris from 1903, she and her brother Leo encouraged modern artists, and ran the "Stein salon" whose regular attendees included Picasso, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Ezra Pound, Thornton Wilder, Sherwood Anderson, and Henri Matisse. This had a greater impact than her books, which included most famously The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, a sort of memoir of her Paris years in the voice of her life partner, Alice B. Toklas.


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