Gertrude Stein

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

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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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  • No sense in no sense innocence of what of not and what of delight. In no sense innocence in no sense and what in delight and not, in no sense innocence in no sense no sense what, in no sense and delig...
    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1923), originally published in Oxford 1927 ( May 28, 1927). "Are There Arithmetics," Reflections on ...
  • ''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...
  • There are of course people who are more important than others in that they have more importance in the world but this is not essential and it ceases to be. I have no sense of difference in this respec...
    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 (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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