Three Lives (1909) is a work of fiction written in 1905 and 1906 by American writer Gertrude Stein. The book is separated into three stories, « The Good Anna, » « Melanctha, » and « The Gentle Lena. »
The three stories are independent of each other, but all are set in Bridgepoint, a fictional town based on Baltimore.
« donc je suis un malheureux et ce n’est ni ma faute ni celle de la vie »
« therefore, I am unhappy and this is neither my fault nor that of my life »
—?Jules Laforgue, quoted as epigraph to Three Lives
Each of the three tales in Three Lives tells of a working-class woman living in Baltimore.