…the door bell is ringing.
Writer Sherwood Anderson, 44, and his wife, sculptor Tennessee Anderson, 47, have come with his letter of introduction to meet writer Gertrude Stein, 47, whose work he has admired.
Stein herself opens the door. Only because her partner, fellow San Franciscan, Alice B. Toklas, 44, is away on
some domestic complication in all probability,
as she remembers later.
Anderson is already well known in the States for his novel Winesburg, Ohio, and he has read the few pieces of Stein’s works which have been published in “the little mags.”
His introductory letter, from their fellow American, Sylvia Beach, 34, owner of the Shakespeare & Company bookshop on nearby rue de l’Odeon, says in part, that Anderson
is so anxious to know you, for he says you have influenced him ever so much and that you stand as such a great master of words.”
Gertrude immediately invites him in.
This year, we’ll be telling stories about these groups of ‘such friends,’ before, during and after their times together.
To walk with me and the ‘Such Friends’ through Bloomsbury, download the Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group audio walking tour from VoiceMap. Look for our upcoming walking tour about the Paris ‘such friends.’