"Une Generation Perdue"

As we find out later in the chapter, Stein originally heard the term 'une génération perdue' when her car mechanic was complaining about his young workers. Liking the phrase -- which translates, and has been subsequently popularised, as the 'Lost Generation' -- Gertrude adopted it, using it to define that group of American artists, writers and intellectuals who had become disillusioned with the materialistic values of their home country. Many moved to the cultural sanctuary of Paris, Stein and Hemingway among them. It is widely held that the idealistic members of the Lost Generation produced some of the finest American literature to date.