Gertrude Stein

Wars I Have Seen 1

... and the nineteenth century dies hard all centuries do that is why the last war to kill it is so long, it is still being killed now in 1942, the nineteenth century just as the eighteenth century took from the revolution to 1840 to kill, so the nineteenth century is taking from 1914 to 1943 to kill.
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Wars I Have Seen 2

Gradually as the joy and excitement of really having Americans here really having them here began to settle a little I began to realise that Americans converse much more than they did, American men in those other days, the days before these days did not converse.
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Wars I Have Seen 3

... one day one of the mothers in the town told me that her nine year old daughter had been praying every single day that she might see an American soldier and she never had and now the mother was beginning to be afraid that the child would lose faith in prayer. I said I would take her down to see the American soldiers and we went.
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Gertrude Stein


Having left Paris for Majorca in 1915 “to forget the war a little,” Gertrude Stein (b. February 3, 1874 in Allegheny, PA, d. July 27, 1946 in Paris) and her partner Alice B. Toklas returned to their adoptive country in 1916 to join the war effort. , delivering relief supplies to hospitals around France from 1917 until the end of the war. In Wars I Have Seen (1945), written during WWII in her signature style, Stein put the 1914-1918 war in a larger historical perspective.