The Good Anna | Three Lives


Gertrude Stein

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Tonight, we’ll read The Good Anna, a short story written by Gertrude Stein as part of her first published book, titled “Three Lives” published in 1909.

Stein was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. Born in the United States, she moved to Paris as an adult and stayed there the rest of her life. She hosted a Paris salon, where the leading figures of modernism in literature and art, such as Pablo Picasso,Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Henri Matisse would meet.

Two quotes from Stein’s works have become widely known: "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose," and "there is no there there ”The Good Anna is set in the fictional city of Bridgepoint, which is modeled after Baltimore, MD where Stein lived at one time.