Original recordings of Gertrude Stein reading her work

Gertrude Stein in 1935

Welcome to the weekend everybody, we made it. Today I want to continue our series of Lost Generation authors reading their own work with perhaps the greatest taste-maker of the 1920s, Gertrude Stein. Most famous today for her salon in Paris during the 1920s where she welcomed the greatest of the artistic and literary worlds, she of course herself was an accomplished writer, although much of her work is, to put it kindly, difficult. That is not to say it isn’t worth reading, just that it takes a little more investment then a lot of books.

If you’re unfamiliar with her work, what better introduction than listening to her read two of her own works?

First, her 1923 work, “If I Told Him : A Completed Portrait of Picasso,” first published in Vanity Fair in 1924.

Secondly, Stein reads from her work, The Making of Americans, completed in 1911 but not published until 1925.

Hope you enjoy these! If you have a suggestion for an author that you’d like to hear or if you know of recordings about a Lost Generation author that we haven’t looked at yet, please leave a comment below or email us at onehundredfalsestarts@gmail.com

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