Gertrude Stein

(3 February 1874 – 27 July 1946 / Allegheny, Pennsylvania)

Gertrude Stein
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Gertrude Stein was an American writer, poet and art collector who spent most of her life in France.

Early Life

Gertrude Stein, the youngest of a family of five children, was born on February 3, 1874, in Allegheny, Pennsylvania (merged with Pittsburgh in 1907)to upper-class German Jewish parents, Daniel and Amelia Stein. Her father was a railroad executive whose investments in streetcar lines and real estate made the family wealthy.

When Gertrude was three years old she and her family moved to Vienna and then Paris. They returned to America in 1878, settling in Oakland, California, where Stein attended First Hebrew Congregation of Oakland's Sabbath ... more »

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  • ''What is marriage, is marriage protection or religion, is marriage renunciation or abundance, is marriage a stepping-stone or an end. What is marriage.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published with the vocal score as the libretto for the opera by Virgil Thomson, Music Press (1947)...
  • ''It is always a mistake to be plain-spoken.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1923). "As Eighty," Bee Time Vine, Yale University Press (1953).
  • ''Do you know because I tell you so, or do you know, do you know.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. The Mother Of Us All, Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949). Originally published with the vocal score a...
  • ''Men cannot count, they do not know that two and two make four if women do not tell them so.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1946), originally published with the vocal score as the libretto for the opera by Virgil Thomson, Mu...
  • ''A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.''
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. As quoted in What Are Masterpieces, afterword, by Robert Haas (19...
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  • Peter Stavropoulos Peter Stavropoulos (3/26/2012 4:04:00 PM)

    An underrated poet, who understood the independence as well as the interdependence of words.

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Best Poem of Gertrude Stein

A Long Dress

That is the current that makes machinery, that makes it crackle, what is the current that presents a long line and a necessary waist. What is this current.

What is the wind, what is it.

Where is the serene length, it is there and a dark place is not a dark place, only a white and red are black, only a yellow and green are blue, a pink is scarlet, a bow is every color. A line distinguishes it. A line just distinguishes it.

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