The most famous expatriate of them all was this experimental novelist, playwright and poet who removed to Paris in 1903 and remained there for the rest of her life; an influential mentor, critic and literary innovator, she championed Modernist literature and art and is today often remembered for her 1933 memoir "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas" and her often-quoted "rose is a rose is a rose" sentiment. ANS, 1p, 5¼" X 8", Bilignin France, n.y. Very good. On imprinted "Bilignin / Par Belley / Ain" letterhead, Stein pens a note in her horrid scrawl in brown ink to admirer Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar). Reads in part: "Thanks for your birthday letter it gave me a lot of pleasure, I like the mixture of Ohio and [ ? ], it brings everything closer...." Signed with her usual illegible scribble. A nice example, and while undated quite likely of mid-1930s vintage. Bilignin is a small village in France near the Swiss border where Stein and her companion Toklas spent the summers. (Inventory #: 40818)
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