Gertrude Stein - Wikipedia
Theatre Rhinoceros presents “Gertrude Stein and a Companion,” a the witty, romantic relationship of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, two. Rende Riese Hubert*. IF GERTRUDE STEIN CAN BE fruitfully associated with any group, it would the relationship of Stein to painters .. Alice B. Toklas as a professor at the U academic .. ou bien meme il peut y avoir du blanc ou m&me si. When I first knew Gertrude Stein in Paris I was surprised never to see a french . Etta Cone, a distant connection of Gertrude Stein, who typed Three Lives. .. She always quotes his answer to any student excusing him or herself for anything.
One has to remember that about imagination, that is when the world gets dull when everybody does not know what they can or what they cannot really imagine. Generally speaking anybody is more interesting doing nothing than doing something.
Now this is a simple thing that anybody who has ever argued or quarreled knows perfectly well is a simple thing, only when they read it they do not understand it because they do not see that understanding and believing are not the same thing.
Why should we want to lose being a Negro I have stated that a noun to me is a stupid thing, if you know a thing and its name why bother about it but you have to know its name to talk about it.
Well its name is Negro if it is a Negro and Jew if it is a Jew and both of them are nice strong names and so let us keep them. After all that is what life is and that is the reason there is no Utopia, little or big young or old dog or man everybody wants every minute so filled that they are not conscious of that minute passing.
It's just as well they do not think about it you have to be a genius to live in it and know it to exist in it and express it to accept it and deny it by creating it.Gertrude Stein
A creator who creates, who is not an academician, who is not someone who studies in a school where the rules are already known, and of course being known they no longer exist, a creator then who creates is necessarily of his generation.
His generation lives in its contemporary way but they only live in it. In art, in literature, in the theatre, in short in everything that does not contribute to their immediate comfort they live in the preceding generation. The surrealists still see things as everyone sees them, they complicate them in a different way but the vision is that of everyone else, in short the complication is the complication of the twentieth century but the vision is that of the nineteenth century. Picasso only sees something else, another reality.
Complications are always easy but another vision than that of all the world is very rare. Paris France [ edit ] Page numbers are from Liveright edition After all, everybody, that is, everybody who writes is interested in living inside themselves in order to tell what is inside themselves. That is why writers have to have two countries, the one where they belong and the one in which they live really.
The second one is romantic, it is separate from themselves, it is not real but it is really there. When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. One of the pleasant things those of us who write or paint do is to have the daily miracle. Politeness does not interfere with facts, politeness is just another fact.
The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas, by Gertrude Stein : Chapter 4
Wars I Have Seen [ edit ] Written in and It often makes me know that as a cousin of mine once said about money, money is always there but the pockets change; it is not in the same pockets after a change, and that is all there is to say about money.
Now this war is not at all a nice war. Statement about World War II written inp. It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself. War is never fatal but always lost. Even the propagandists on the radio find it very difficult to really say let alone believe that the world will be a happy place, of love and peace and plenty, and that the lion will lie down with the lamb and everybody will believe anybody. The idea of enemies is awful it makes one stop remembering eternity and the fear of death.
That is what enemies are.
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Possessions are the same as enemies only less so, they too make one forget eternity and the fear of death. It is funny that men who are supposed to be scientific cannot get themselves to realize the basic principle of physics, that action and reaction are equal and opposite, that when you persecute people you always rouse them to be strong and stronger.
The nineteenth century believed in science but the twentieth century does not. The thing that is most interesting about government servants is that they believe what they are supposed to believe, they really do believe what they are supposed to believe.
Now they can do the radio in so many languages that nobody any longer dreams of a single language, and there should not any longer be dreams of conquest because the globe is all one, anybody can hear everything and everybody can hear the same thing, so what is the use of conquering.
One of the things that is most striking about the young generation is that they never talk about their own futures, there are no futures for this generation, not any of them and so naturally they never think of them. It is very striking, they do not live in the present they just live, as well as they can, and they do not plan. It is extraordinary that whole populations have no projects for a future, none at all. It certainly is extraordinary, but it is certainly true.
A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables. How Writing Is Written: Previously Uncollected Writings, vol. There is no such animal, it is always individualism, sometimes the rest vote and sometimes they do not, and if they do they do and if they do not they do not.
A novel is not waking thoughts although it is written and thought with waking thoughts. But really a novel goes as dreams go in sleeping at night and some dreams are like anything and some dreams are like something and some dreams change and some dreams are quiet and some dreams are not.
And some dreams are just what any one would do only a little different always just a little different and that is what a novel is. Toklas Most of us balk at her soporific rigmaroles, her echolaliac incantations, her half-witted-sounding catalogues on numbers; most of us read her less and less. Yet, remembering especially her early work, we are still always aware of her presence in the background of contemporary literature— and we picture her as the great pyramidal Buddha of Jo Davidson's statue of her, eternally and placidly ruminating the gradual developments of the process of being, registering the vibrations of a psychological country like some august human seismograph whose charts we haven't the training to read.
Edmund WilsonAxel's Castle This book is in every way except actual authorship Alice Toklas's book; it reflects her mind, her language, her private view of Gertrude, also her unique narrative powers. Every story in it is told as Alice herself had always told it.
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Above all, I began to hear for the first time the pure, deep dialect of my grandmother. And from that moment on, in all my attempts at writing I was able to tap that vast reservoir of living speech that went on about me. Richard WrightOn reading Melanctha Then soon after my delight with Stein was jolted; a political critic of the reddest persuasion condemned Stein in a newspaper article, calling her decadent, implying that she reclined upon a silken couch in Paris smoking hashish day and night and was a hopeless prey to hallucinations.
I asked myself if I were wrong or crazy or decadent. Being simple minded, I decided upon a very practical way of determining the worth of the prose of Stein, a prose I had accepted without qualms or distress.
I gathered a group of semi-illiterate Negro workers into a Chicago basement and read them Melanctha aloud. They were enthralled, interrupting me constantly to tell where and when they had met such a strange and melancholy gal.
I was convinced and Miss Stein's book never bothered or frightened me after that. If Negro stockyard workers could understand the stuff when it was read aloud to them, then surely anybody else could if they wanted to read with their ears as well as their eyes. For the prose of Stein is but the repetitive contemporaneousness of our living speech woven into a grammarless form of narrative Her work, unlike the resonating silences in the art of Samuel Beckett, embodies in its loquacity and verbosity the curious paradox of the minimalist form.
This art of the nuance in repetition and placement she shares with the orchestral compositions of Philip Glass.
Gertrude and Alice
Poe"A Rose is a Rose" It will take her years to understand the things she's said tonight. Toklas at a dinner party with Gertrude Stein Unsurprisingly, Gertrude Stein was not a fan of the question mark.
In the Toklas family moved to Seattlewhere her father was one half of Toklas, Singerman and Company. Toklas was educated in local schools, which included the Mount Rainier Seminary, and attended the University of Washington where she studied piano. When her mother became ill, the family moved back to San Francisco. Her mother died inaged Relationship with Gertrude Stein[ edit ] Five months after the devastating San Francisco earthquakeToklas left the city and moved to Paris.
On September 8,the day after she arrived in Paris, she met Gertrude Stein. This marked the beginning of a relationship which lasted for nearly four decades, ending in with Stein's death. Together they hosted a salon in the home they shared that attracted expatriate American writers, such as Ernest HemingwayPaul BowlesThornton Wilderand Sherwood Anderson ; and avant-garde painters, including PicassoMatisseand Braque.
Acting as Stein's confidante, lover, cook, secretary, muse, editor, critic, and general organizer, Toklas remained a background figure, chiefly living in the shadow of Stein, until the publication by Stein of Toklas' " memoirs " in under the teasing title The Autobiography of Alice B. It became Stein's best-selling book. Rogers wrote in his memoir of the couple, published inthat Toklas "was a little stooped, somewhat retiring and self-effacing. She doesn't sit in a chair, she hides in it; she doesn't look at you, but up at you; she is always standing just half a step outside the circle.
She gives the appearance, in short, not of a drudge, but of a poor relation, someone invited to the wedding but not to the wedding feast. As many of the paintings appreciated greatly in value, Stein's relatives took action to claim them, eventually removing them from Toklas's residence and placing them in a bank vault while she was away on vacation.