Lori Henriksen

author of The Winter Loon

Gertrude Stein

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Gertrude Stein ~ an icon of the 1930s

Gertrude Stein and her life partner, Alice B. Toklas, met and lived abroad. They toured the U.S. for 191 days during 1934 and 1935, while Ms. Stein gave a series of lectures. Out west the two were accepted as a couple. The Chicago Press referred to Alice as the wife or mate who protected Gertrude.

During her lectures, limited to only five hundred people, Gertrude Stein sat alone on the bare stage next to a table with a white cloth and a glass of water. She exuded a commanding presence. To some, her lectures sounded baffling. How could something that seemed so lacking of ideas be considered literary? But if one listened carefully to the rhythm of her speech, she could delight an audience as an innovative artist explaining English literature, using the relationship of one word to the next as her medium.

“Twenty-five years rolls around so quickly, but one hundred years do not roll around at all. They end, the century ends. What makes narrative difficult is a century begins and ends, but no part of it begins, and no part ends.” A Stein mind twister for sure.

According to the San Jose Mercury News in 2011, Wanda Corn, author of Seeing Gertrude Stein finds the focus on Gertrude Stein’s long-term domestic partnership with lover Alice B. Toklas timely, in light of the gay marriage issue today. “Here was a couple who really personified a long, monogamous relationship,” Corn says.

For more go to: www.gayheroes.com/gertrude.htm

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Gertrude Stein

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5 thoughts on “Gertrude Stein

  1. I don’t believe I ever read anything by Gertrude Stein but I do have a postcard my sister sent me of her holding a very small doll. It was in the middle of my doll making career. Or perhaps frenzy would be a better word. Finding Eliza

    • She is also know for her art collecting, her Paris salons and friendships with Picasso, Hemingway and other artists of the time. He writing is sometimes a challenge to read.

  2. I’ve heard her name, but I didn’t really know anything about her. She sounds like an interesting lady.
    @DoreeWeller from
    Doree Weller’s Blog

  3. I had no idea she was gay. Perhaps everyone knew but me! I never really thought about it, honestly…just assumed that everyone in history had to hide who they really were because society expected everyone to conform to some “norm.” Glad we live in THIS time. I would have never made it with all that judgment going on.

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

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