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Gertrude Stein

Stein, Gertrude (1874–1946), U.S. writer who lived in Paris from 1903. Author of short stories, long narratives, critical essays, “cubist” poetry, and operas, her first important work was Three Lives (1909). Stein is best known for her experimental syntax and her influence on such figures as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Henri Matisse, and André Gide. These friendships are described in Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933).

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