Gertrude Stein

1874 - 1946

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Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946) was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. Born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania (now part of Pittsburgh), and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, and made France her home for the remainder of her life. She hosted a Paris salon, where the leading figures of modernism in literature and art, such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Ezra Pound, Sherwood Anderson and Henri Matisse, would meet.In 1933, Stein published a quasi-memoir of her Paris years, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, written in the voice of Alice B. Toklas, her life partner. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gertrude Stein has received more than 4,584,009 page views. Her biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Gertrude Stein is the 314th most popular writer (up from 408th in 2019), the 282nd most popular biography from United States (up from 417th in 2019) and the 24th most popular American Writer.

Gertrude Stein is most famous for her book "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas." The book is about Stein's life with her partner, Alice B. Toklas.

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  • 60

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  • 7.21

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  • 3.86

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Notable Works

Geography and plays
The autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Gertrude Stein's America
Three lives
Three Ordinary Lives, Three Extraordinary Pieces of Writing “You look ridiculous if you dance / You look ridiculous if you don't dance / So you might as well / dance.” - Gertrude Stein, Three Lives In Three Lives, Gertrude Stein tells the story of three common American women. The first one is Anna Federner, a German immigrant with green parrot that colors her apparently dull serving life. Melanctha, a black woman searching for a meaning in her mixed life, is the protagonist of the second part of the book while Lena, a passive and misunderstood of German descent, is the unsung hero of the third part. This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you’ll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it. Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes
Tender Buttons
Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms from 1914 is a poetic exploration of words - clustered, juxtaposed, redefined and played off one another - to subterfuge their common meanings, which Stein felt had become watered down, and to re-infuse them with expressive force.

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Over the past year Gertrude Stein has had the most page views in the with 448,534 views, followed by German (110,382), and French (58,338). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are (1,214.58%), Bulgarian (380.00%), and Simple English (191.65%)


Among writers, Gertrude Stein ranks 314 out of 7,302Before her are Antonin Artaud, Françoise Sagan, Ernst Jünger, C. S. Lewis, Gao Xingjian, and Roger Martin du Gard. After her are Guillaume de Machaut, Henri Charrière, Ludovico Ariosto, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Michael Ende, and Czesław Miłosz.

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Among people born in 1874, Gertrude Stein ranks 13Before her are Howard Carter, Chaim Weizmann, Ernst Cassirer, Johannes Stark, Max Scheler, and Edward Thorndike. After her are Alexander Kolchak, António Egas Moniz, Carl Bosch, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Sunjong of Korea, and Nikolai Berdyaev. Among people deceased in 1946, Gertrude Stein ranks 15Before her are Hans Frank, Ion Antonescu, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Mikhail Kalinin, Gerhart Hauptmann, and Alexander Alekhine. After her are Wilhelm Frick, Werner von Blomberg, Julius Streicher, Karl Haushofer, Fritz Sauckel, and John Logie Baird.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Gertrude Stein ranks 282 out of 20,380Before her are Chuck Berry (1926), Steve Wozniak (1950), Tony Curtis (1925), Colonel Sanders (1890), Orson Welles (1915), and George Marshall (1880). After her are William Howard Taft (1857), William Jennings Bryan (1860), George S. Patton (1885), Ava Gardner (1922), Jeffrey Dahmer (1960), and Eli Wallach (1915).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Gertrude Stein ranks 24Before her are Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803), Arthur Miller (1915), Walt Whitman (1819), Philip K. Dick (1928), Emily Dickinson (1830), and Pearl S. Buck (1892). After her are Coen brothers (null), David Woodard (1964), Henry Miller (1891), Ezra Pound (1885), Louise Glück (1943), and James Fenimore Cooper (1789).