The Making of Gertrude Stein: Charles Ruas and Janet Hobhouse in Conversation

In 1976 Janet Hobhouse, who read almost everything written about and by the iconic literary figure Gertrude Stein, sat down for a conversation with Charles Ruas about her biography of Gertrude Stein–Everybody Who Was Anybody–which was published in 1971 when she was just 23 years old. In this transcription of that conversation, Hobhouse provides not just historical background, but also literary and psychological analysis of Stein in response to Ruas’s questions, ranging from Stein’s eccentric sense of style, automatic writing, her relationships to other artists, and her conception of American time.