A biography of Gertrude Stein, which is personal, appreciative, affectionate. The author is an American soldier she befriended in 1917, and who remained ""Kiddie"" through the years until her death. This records his first trips with Miss Stein and Miss Toklas in ""Auntie"", their old car, through France; the meeting again in 1933; her writing, her interest in art, particularly in Picasso; what she called ""every day their daily island living every day""; her dogs, her trip to the United States; again war and France's fall; her political views; her death. There is always a kindly interpretation of her conduct and costumes; of her need to be conspicuous, springing from unhappy childhood; her unsatisfied desire to be read instead of looked at; at her naive vanity; and his acceptance of her claim to genius, which others, less allured, will contest. A biography which will find an audience among her advocates.