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Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, in 1874. She attended Radcliffe College and the medical school of Johns Hopkins University.

Stein's work includes Three Lives (1909), Tender Buttons (1914), The Making of Americans (1925), Four Saints in Three Acts (1934), Fernhurst, Paris France (1940). Fernhurst was a short novel about a fictional love triangle between real-life lesbian partners Helen Carey Thomas and Mary Gwinn and a fictional male suitor.

Gertrude also wrote The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933), which was actually her own autobiography. Alice (1877-1967) was Gertrude's life partner. The two wanted to marry. However, Gertrude did not want a legal and socially recognized marriage. She wanted a sort of heterosexual marriage in which she played the "male" role. Gertrude didn't even cross dress or pass as a man or anything either.

Gertrude died in 1946.

"It is funny the two things most men are proudest of is the thing that any man can do and doing does in the same way, that is being drunk and being the father of their son." Gertrude Stein [from Everybody's Autobiography chapter two (1937)]

(from Before the Flowers of Friendship Faded Faded)
I love my love with a V
Because it is like that
I love my love with a B
Because I am beside that
A king.
I love my love with an A
Because she is a queen
I love my love and a a is the best of them
Think well and be a king,
Think more and think again
I love my love with a dress and a hat
I love my love and not with this or with that
I love my love with a Y because she is my bride
I love her with a D because she is my love beside
Thank you for being there
Nobody has to care
Thank you for being here
Because you are not there.
And with and without me which is and without she
She can be late and then and how and all around
We think and found that it is time to cry she and I.

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