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Gertrude Stein
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Poet
    (February 3, 1874-July 27, 1946)
    Resided in Paris
    Wrote 'Three Lives (1909),' 'Tender Buttons (1915),' 'Geography and Plays (1922),' 'The Making of Americans (1925),' 'How to Write (1931),' 'The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933)' and 'Stanzas in Meditation and Other Poems (published posthumously, 1956)'
    She looked like Mel Brooks.
    Even her lesbian lover said she looked 'like a Roman emperor.'
    Her poetry is repetitive and bizarre.
    One poem begins: 'If I told him would he like it. Would he like it if I told him. Would he like it would Napoleon would Napoleon would would he like it. If Napoleon if I told him,' etc., etc.
    She published her own autobiography under her girlfriend's name.
    She never thought of anything but herself.
    When somebody spilled a glass of wine at a party, she said, 'Don't worry, it didn't get on me,' even though she was across the room when it happened.
    She said: 'Einstein was the creative philosophic mind of this century, and I am the creative literary mind of this century.'
    Although a Jewish lesbian, she escaped the Nazis in occupied France.
    She was known for her great art collection.
    She was one of the most influential 20th-century poets.
    She and her lover had a happy relationship that lasted almost 40 years.
    Ernest Hemingway said she was 'just like a brother' to him.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro


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