Paris and Gertrude Stein, A Love Story

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World War 1 was a very emotional and destructive experience for people

around the globe. The expression "Lost Generation" is a term coined by the

well-known Gertrude Stein, designating the many young writers who fled

America to the extraordinary Ville des Lumieres, that is, Paris. On their arrival

in Paris, the only shelter they had was of the best-known american writer in

Paris, Gertrude Stein. She was an idol, a star, a goddess among these

youths, and believed herself to have the duty to guide them, as Paris guided her.

Born in a middle-class family and being the youngest Gertrude had all

the privilages. She was the fifth child of Daniel and Amelia Stein. She spent

her early childhood in the upper middle class surroundings of Allegheny,

Pennsylvania. "...there you are privileged, nobody can do anything but take care of you, that

is the way I was and that is the way I still am, and any one who is like that necessarily liked

it. I did and I do." (Gertrude Stein 1935)

At the age of three, the little girl undertook her first trip to Europe. In about

four years the family traveled to Vienna and Paris. On their return to America,

they settled in in Oakland, California, where Gertrude found a great

interest in litterature. She was eight when she first attempted to write. During her

early years, she also strenghened her relationship with her older

brother Leo two years her senior, they remained the closest friends during most of their early lifes.

After the sad death of their father, Gertrude was moved to Baltimor

and for a while stayed there with her wealthy uncles and aunts. She later

attended Radcliffe college, where she studied phylosophy and psychology. With a

remarkable ease she earned top marks on...