Gertrude Stein: Where It All Began

Gertrude Stein was an American author and poet best known for her modernist writings, extensive art collecting, and literary salon in 1920s Paris. She was a medical student at Johns Hopkins near the turn of the century before leaving and moving to Paris to begin her literary career. During this time she influenced the lives of many, including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso. She was a prolific poet and author, known for coining the term “gay” to mean homosexual, and for her famous novel, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas,written about her lifelong companion and lover.

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“One must dare to be happy.”

-Gertrude Stein