Stein, who studied medicine at Johns Hopkins, had such influential opinions on art and literature that she had the power to build or ruin reputations. She was one of the first admirers of Cubists and other experimenters like Pablo Picasso, who painted her portrait.
"Three Lives," Stein's first published book, has been hailed as a minor masterpiece. Later, Stein wrote about American soldiers in France with "Brewsie and Willie."
Stein also wrote an autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, which is in actuality her own autobiography.
-- Encyclopedia of Literature
Pub Date: 02/07/99