Gertrude Stein 's A Rose

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“A rose is a rose is a rose” Gertrude Stein. Gertrude Stein who many consider her a “major author, the founder of a new literary style, the great apologist for Modernism, and the discoverer and promoter of the French school of contemporary painting.” She was the beginning of a new era, some looked up to her while others thought she was an insignificant person (but how wrong they were). Gertrude Stein influenced a new generation in the arts. She helped encourage new and old authors and painters. Gertrude Stein enjoyed writing simple phrases that can be interpreted into masterpieces. She was an activist, out of the box thinker and internationally known during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Gertrude Stein’s monument is one out of the only…show more content…
Gertrude Stein was born on February 3, 1874 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania to Daniel and Amelia Stein. “Both parents were from the German Jewish descent.” Gertrude Stein is one of five- three boys and two girls. From 1875 until 1878 her family moved and lived in Austria and France. But in 1880, her family moved back to the United States and settled in Oakland, California. Daniel Stein was a wealthy businessman and only expected the best for his family. Her parents were a part of a synagogue, and she went to Sabbath day school, but was not a religious Jew. Nevertheless, “Stein grew up believing strongly that Jews shared certain personal traits, such as superior intelligence, financial acumen, and loyalty to one another,” she respected and understood her background and roots. After her mother and father passed away, Stein’s oldest brother took over as “head of family” and moved to San Francisco. But then in 1892, Gertrude Stein moved to Baltimore with her siblings to live with an aunt. The following year she entered Harvard Annex and later worked under Hugo Munsterberg, in the Harvard Psychological Laboratory. She studied there for four years and graduated with a degree. However, in 1897 she entered Johns Hopkins Medical School only to flunk four courses and not receive a degree. It may seem that this experience was her all time low. In 1903, Gertrude Stein decided to move to Paris with her brother. There they began their start in the arts;
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