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Thursday, October 25, 2012
“Gertrude Stein’s Stay in Virginia"
Although many found Gertrude Stein’s writing difficult to read, she attracted a large number of people to her lectures during her 6-month American tour.
She arrived in Charlottesville, Virginia by train on Sunday, February 3, 1935 at 7:45pm and was greeted by Dr. John Lloyd Newcomb, president of the University of Virginia. While there, Stein gave a lecture to the Raven Society titled, “Poetry and Grammar.” Following a question and answer period, she attended a dinner in her honor.
On the morning of Tuesday, February 5, Stein was given the keys to the room where Edgar Allan Poe stayed for a semester. Poe was her favorite American author. That afternoon at 2pm, Stein, Toklas, and friend and photographer Carl Van Vechten were driven to Richmond by automobile.
Stein in Richmond, tomorrow.
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