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Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)

Author of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

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About the Author

Famous writer Gertrude Stein was born on February 3, 1874 in Allegheny, PA and was educated at Radcliffe College and Johns Hopkins medical school. Stein wrote Three Lives, The Making of Americans, and Tender Buttons, all of which were considered difficult for the average reader. She is most famous show more for her opera Four Saints in Three Acts and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, which was actually an autobiography of Stein herself. With her companion Alice B. Toklas, Stein received the French government's Medaille de la Reconnaissance Francaise for theory work with the American fund for French Wounded in World War I. Gertrude Stein died in Neuilly-ser-Seine, France on July 27, 1946. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Gertrude Stein

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) 2,729 copies, 44 reviews
Three Lives (1909) 1,754 copies, 17 reviews
Tender Buttons (1914) 897 copies, 15 reviews
Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein (1962) 674 copies, 2 reviews
The Making of Americans (1934) 451 copies, 3 reviews
Picasso (1938) 444 copies, 4 reviews
Paris France (1970) 328 copies, 3 reviews
How to Write (1973) 307 copies, 1 review
Everybody's Autobiography (1937) 283 copies
Ida (1941) 249 copies, 1 review
The World Is Round (1939) 246 copies, 3 reviews
Lectures in America (1935) 165 copies
Wars I Have Seen (1945) 128 copies, 1 review
Lifting Belly (1989) 107 copies
Geography and Plays (1992) 102 copies, 1 review
Stanzas in Meditation (1956) 84 copies, 1 review
Lucy Church Amiably (1969) 81 copies
The Yale Gertrude Stein (1980) 80 copies
Last operas and plays (1949) — Author — 77 copies
Gertrude Stein: In Words and Pictures (1994) 75 copies, 1 review
America and Alfred Stieglitz: A Collective Portrait (1934) — Contributor — 72 copies, 1 review
A Novel of Thank You (1958) 64 copies
Brewsie and Willie (1946) 59 copies
A Stein Reader (1993) 55 copies
Narration: Four Lectures (1969) 55 copies, 1 review
Mrs. Reynolds (1987) 51 copies
Gertrude Stein's America (1964) 49 copies, 1 review
Not waving but drowning (2018) 45 copies
Gertrude Stein: Selections (2008) 42 copies, 1 review
Food (Penguin Modern) (2018) 38 copies
Useful Knowledge (1988) 36 copies
Q. E. D. (1903) 29 copies
What are Masterpieces? (1940) 27 copies
Operas & Plays (1987) 25 copies
Portraits and prayers (1934) 21 copies
Four saints in three acts (1934) 19 copies
Ada (2005) 19 copies
Ser norteamericanos 1. (1974) 13 copies
The Good Anna {from Three Lives} (1999) 11 copies, 1 review
Gertrude Stein Reads (1980) 10 copies
Dix Portraits (1991) 9 copies
Mexico: A Play (2000) 8 copies
Melanctha (1988) 7 copies
Four in America (1947) 6 copies
Milda Lena (2022) 4 copies
A Little Called Pauline (2020) 3 copies
If You Had Three Husbands (1915) 2 copies
Melankta 2 copies
Dikt og tekstar (1998) 2 copies
An elucidation 2 copies
Correspondance (2005) 1 copy
PICASO 1 copy
Conferenze americane (1990) 1 copy
Paris France 1 copy
Dünya Yuvarlaktir (2021) 1 copy
Is Dead 1 copy
Home 1 copy
Valentine to Sherwood Anderson (1951) 1 copy, 1 review
EVA & ADELE: ADSILA (2014) 1 copy
Čitanka 1 copy
Texter 1908-46 (1981) 1 copy
O mundo é redondo (2020) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 1,140 copies, 3 reviews
The Crack-Up (1945) — Contributor — 926 copies, 10 reviews
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Contributor — 786 copies, 4 reviews
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (1954) — Contributor, some editions — 451 copies, 2 reviews
Reporting World War II Part One : American Journalism, 1938-1944 (1995) — Contributor — 441 copies, 3 reviews
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Contributor — 413 copies, 1 review
Women & Fiction: Short Stories By and About Women (1975) — Contributor — 367 copies, 7 reviews
Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (1993) — Contributor — 338 copies, 2 reviews
The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories (1993) — Contributor — 300 copies, 2 reviews
The Penguin Book of Women Poets (1978) — Contributor — 299 copies
Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology (2004) — Contributor — 299 copies, 3 reviews
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (1983) — Contributor — 240 copies, 2 reviews
Erotica: Women's Writing from Sappho to Margaret Atwood (1990) — Contributor — 168 copies
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Contributor — 142 copies, 1 review
The Saturday Evening Post Treasury (1954) — Contributor — 138 copies, 1 review
No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (1973) — Contributor — 124 copies
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contributor — 120 copies
Poems Between Women (1997) — Contributor — 93 copies
The Penguin Book of Erotic Stories by Women (1995) — Contributor — 82 copies, 1 review
Bedside Book of Famous American Stories (1936) — Contributor — 72 copies
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contributor — 69 copies, 1 review
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Contributor — 64 copies, 1 review
The Gender of Modernism: A Critical Anthology (1990) — Contributor — 63 copies, 1 review
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contributor — 57 copies
American short novels (1960) — Contributor — 30 copies
The Golden Age of Lesbian Erotica (2007) — Contributor — 21 copies, 1 review
Modernist Women Poets: An Anthology (2014) — Contributor — 19 copies
Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology (2022) — Contributor — 17 copies
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Contributor — 13 copies
Gender in Modernism: New Geographies, Complex Intersections (2007) — Contributor — 12 copies, 1 review
Sinister Wisdom 80: Willing Up and Keeling Over (2010) — Contributor — 9 copies
The Mother of Us All [sound recording] (1992) — Author — 5 copies
Bookmaking on the Distaff Side — Contributor — 3 copies, 1 review
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 5, January 1977 (1977) — Contributor — 3 copies
Contact collection of contemporary writers — Contributor — 1 copy

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Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in Legacy Libraries (August 2015)

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Of all the writers LOA attempts to preserve, Gertrude Stein is the least known & least read. If she had great influence on other writers, why then is she all but forgotten? During the period of writing she made, she was not only going up against the dominant force of H. James & those he influenced. Until World War 2, Stein was forced to continue her literary output to escape that shadow. Her residence in Paris for most of her adult life didn't help. Her literature, Stein hoped, would present a new concept of writing. Of course, she followed W. James, Henry's brother far more & was deeply influenced by his work. It is interesting to note that her own private life was reflected through her writings & her encounters with other writers of her era.… (more)
 
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walterhistory | 1 other review | May 29, 2024 |
On the back cover of this edition, Frances Spalding from the Sunday Times says something about "deadpan humour." There is no humor of the deadpan or any other variety.

This is because Gertrude Stein's whole soul was devoted to admiring herself. And that kind of ego is rarely humorous.

There are many books about the writers and artists in Paris in the 1920s. I've read several. I've found them all good -- some are better than others - but they all tell (from different perspectives) similar descriptions and stories about a variety of interesting people, how they lived, thought, interacted, worked, drank. In all of them you get a some sense of what it was like to be a writer or an artist living in that unique environment. This is the only book among the many that does not achieve that.

What you get here is a laundry list of everyone Gertrude ever met and countless mentions of her writings. You get a few stories and vignettes, but very few. There is no sense of the society and no sense of the place. There is no life there.

You learn that Gertrude was a genius among the merely adequate and the not so adequate. Her hatred of Hemingway (a dear friend in the 20s, but an enemy (rival, more likely) by 1933 when this book was written) is notable. Maybe her problem was that she didn't drink.
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dvoratreis | 43 other reviews | May 22, 2024 |
Romance is the ideal in one's life and it is very lonely living with it lost.
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drbrand | 16 other reviews | May 14, 2024 |
Stieglitz as receiver and medium of new cultural ideas in the USA regarding photography and modern art. An odd character, but influential in artistic circles of his generation.
 
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