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Gertrude Stein Biography | Author of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

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Born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, on February 3, 1874 to Daniel and Amelia (Keyser) Stein, Gertrude Stein became a voice for the avant-garde in twentieth-century art. Her cosmopolitan attitudes and tastes were formed early, as she spent five of the first six years of her life in Vienna (where her father studied the banking business) and in Paris. In 1880 the Steins moved to Oakland, California, where her father worked as a stockbroker. After her parents died, Stein moved to Baltimore to live with her aunt. During the 1890s, she attended Radcliffe, studying composition with William Vaughn Moody, philosophy with George Santayana, and psychology with William James. These thinkers were to have a profound impact on Stein's approaches to writing and her taste in art collecting. In 1903 Stein moved to Paris. Her apartment at 27, rue de Fleurus, which she shared with her brother Leo and later with her companion Alice B. Toklas...

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