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Three Lives

2011, Gertrude Stein


Three Lives (1909) is a work of fiction written in 1905 and 1906 by American writer Gertrude Stein. The book is separated into three stories, "The Good Anna," "Melanctha," and "The Gentle Lena."

The three stories are independent of each other, but all are set in Bridgepoint, a fictional town based on Baltimore.

"donc je suis un malheureux et ce n’est ni ma faute ni celle de la vie""therefore, I am unhappy and this is neither my fault nor that of my life"

Each of the three tales in Three Lives tells of a working-class woman living in Baltimore.

"The Good Anna," the first of Gertrude Stein’s Three Lives, is a novella set in "Bridgepoint" about Anna Federner, a servant of "solid lower middle-class south german stock."

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