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Bryn Mawr School, 109 W Melrose Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210
Bryn Mawr College, 101 N Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, USA
Promenade 7, 4020 Linz, Austria
Montoursville Cemetery Montoursville, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA

Mabel Stevens Haynes Heissig (December 3, 1895 - October 6, 1928) was an American Physician.

Mabel Haynes was the daughter of John N. Haynes (1870-1938) and Ida Cramer. She was educated at Miss Florence Baldwin's School and then Bryn Mawr School, PA, and took preliminary medical course in Bryn Mawr College, A.B. 1898. She then attended John Hopkins Medical School, M.D. 1902. From 1902 to 1903 she was assistant in dispensary at Massachussetts General Hospital, Boston. From 1902 to 1904 she was a practising physician. She was also a student of medicine in Vienna from 1904 to 1905. From 1905 to 1907 she was a dermatologist in Wilkes St Free Dispensary and in 1906 she was assistant dermatologist in the Trinity Dispensary, Boston.

While a student at Johns Hopkins and purportedly still naïve about sexual matters, Gertrude Stein experienced an awakening of her latent sexuality. Sometime in 1899 or 1900, she became infatuated with Mary "May" Bookstaver who was involved in a relationship with Mabel Haynes. Witnessing the relationship between the two women served for Stein as her "erotic awakening". The unhappy love triangle demoralized Stein, arguably contributing to her decision to abandon her medical studies.[21] In 1902 Stein's brother Leo Stein left for London, and Stein followed.

The relationships of Mabel Haynes and Grace Lounsbury ended as Haynes started one with Mary Bookstaver. Stein became enamored of Bookstaver but was unsuccessful in advancing their relationship. Bookstaver, Haynes, and Lounsbury all later married men.

Stein completed Q.E.D., her first novel, on October 24, 1903.[53] One of the earliest coming out stories,[54] it is about a romantic affair involving Stein and her friends Mabel Haynes, Grace Lounsbury and Mary Bookstaver, and occurred between 1897 and 1901 while she was studying at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.[55]

In 1907 Mabel Haynes married an Austrian army officer, Captain Konrad Heissig, and went to live in an army post in Galicia, Austro-Poland. In 1908, a daughter, Itha, was born, and in 1909 a son, Henry William. Letters to Stein from Emma Lootz Erving, her classmate at John Hopkins, tell that Heissig by 1912 suffered from "serious nervous trouble," then was confined in a sanatorium, and soon died.

By December 1913, Haynes remarried to a man named Rudolph Leick, apparently injured in the war and declared unfit to fight. It was a marriage fraught with difficulties and, during the war, poverty and suffering. Widowed again, Haynes eventually tried to regain American citizenship for herself and her children.

In the spring of 1927, Haynes invited Stein to the marriage that summer of Itha to an Italian - a love story and a story of joined nationalities. By the time of the marriage, Haynes herself had already remarried.


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