Synopses & Reviews
Celebrated for her innovative literary bravura, Gertrude Stein (1874–1946) settled into a bustling Paris at the turn of the twentieth century, never again to return to her native America. While in Paris, she not only surrounded herself with—and tirelessly championed the careers of—a remarkable group of young expatriate artists but also solidified herself as "one of the most controversial figures of American letters" (New York Times
In Paris France (1940)—published here with a new introduction from Adam Gopnik—Stein unites her childhood memories of Paris with her observations about everything from art and war to love and cooking. The result is an unforgettable glimpse into a bygone era, one on the brink of revolutionary change.
"Full of charm, a very personal charm, and humor." The Nation
"[A] testament of love . . . an affirmation of faith." The Atlantic
"[A] testament of love...[and] affirmation of faith by one who knows the meaning of French civilization and loves France." The Atlantic
"Less a love affair than an enduring marriage with a people and a country." Guardian
"[Gertrude Stein's] droll double vision is best appreciated in . First published in 1940 and freshly reissued with an introduction by Adam Gopnik, it's a portrait of her beloved Paris pre-occupation, full of bons mots on fashion, food, art, and love--just the thing for a friend dreaming in French." Megan O'Grady
InParis France(1940) published here with a new introduction from Adam Gopnik Stein unites her childhood memories of Paris with her observations about everything from art and war to love and cooking. The result is an unforgettable glimpse into a bygone era, one on the brink of revolutionary change.
“Filled with a heartfelt sense and more obvious shrewdness than this shrewd woman always allowed herself to show.”—Adam Gopnik
Matched only by Hemingway's , is a "fresh and sagacious" () classic of prewar France and its unforgettable literary eminences.
About the Author
Gertrude Stein was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, in 1874. As a child she lived in Vienna and Paris before returning to the United States to study at Radcliffe College and Johns Hopkins Medical School but left before taking her degree. In 1903 Stein moved to France where she lived with Alice B. Toklas. Her first novel, Three Lives, was published in 1909. Its prose style is highly unconventional and virtually dispenses with standard punctuation. Tender Buttons (1914) was even more experimental and sold extremely poorly. Other work by Stein include her theory of writing, Composition and Explanation (1926), The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933), two volumes of memoirs, Everybody's Autobiography (1937) and Wars I Have Seen (1945). Stein died at Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1946.Adam Gopnik has written about art and life for The New Yorker since 1986 and is the author of Paris to the Moon.