Gertrude Stein

(1874 - 1946)

Raised in Oakland, Gertrude Stein moved to Paris in 1903. Her fractured writing style was influenced by cubist painting. “Look here,” she said in a 1934 radio interview, “being intelligible is not what it seems.” In 1934 she returned to America after living in Paris for thirty years. She arrived in Chicago on November 7, after her first-ever airplane trip. Following a dinner party at the University of Chicago, two homicide detectives took Stein and her partner, Alice Toklas, for a ride around the city in their squad car.

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Water astonishing and difficult altogether makes a meadow and a stroke.

—Gertrude Stein, 1914

Understanding is a very dull occupation.

—Gertrude Stein, 1937

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