"She told me that I was not a good enough writer to be published there or in The Saturday Evening Post"

Although a number of Stein's works had been published previously, her major literary breakthrough came with the serialisation of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas in The Atlantic Monthly in 1933. It is little wonder that Stein aspired to appear in the magazine: first printed Boston in 1857, it soon gained a widespread reputation for the speedy recognition of emerging literary trends, and its support of promising new writers.

Stein's prediction that Hemingway's work would not find sympathy with The Saturday Evening Post remained strangely accurate, despite Ernest's subsequent success as an author. While Stein herself would be published by the US magazine, the closest Hemingway would get was his face on the cover in 1966.