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Toklas entered her life in 1907. There was the initial warming up, then a more intense connection that threatened Alice B. Toklas, who slowly began to sever the tie. Stein's part in this process seems more difficult to establish. However, it is clear from the extant letters that Stein's correspondence with Dodge drops off sharply after 1914, and the tone of her subsequently shorter letters is removed and unengaged. " Stein writes: "No names mentioned. "4 Besides documenting the progression and later cooling of the friendship between Mabel Dodge and Gertrude Stein, their letters to each other offer glimpses into a wide range of social and cultural activities and details of their daily lives.

From nine o'clock in the evening on, others were free to drop by for art viewing, conversation, debate, food and drink, and gossip. to the salon included the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, the painter Marie Laurencin, the Fauve painter André Derain, the poet Max Jacob, and the Russian patron Sergei Shchukin. 50 In Paris, art galleries as well as cafés and salons provided crucial meeting grounds for artists, writers, and collectors. With their idiosyncratic personalities, dealers created different atmospheres at their galleries.

In all footnotes and endnotes, "Stein" refers to Gertrude Stein and "Dodge" refers to Mabel Dodge, unless otherwise indicated. When a word has been omitted, I have inserted the missing word in square brackets. " Stein also often omitted apostrophes, as in "lets" and "its," and rarely used commas. She always punctuated her inquiries with a period, never a question mark. Stein used a very thin and scratchy fountain pen and her ink has often grown pale. It is possible that some of her periods may have faded away, as in a number of instances where they are called for but do not appear.

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