Title: The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas () Author: Gertrude Stein * A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook * eBook No.: txt Language: English. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Gertrude Stein. First published in This web edition published by [email protected] Last updated Wednesday. I was born in San Francisco, California. I have in consequence always preferred living in a temperate climate but it is difficult, on the continent of Europe or even.

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So I started with “And now I will tell you how two Americans happened to be in the heart of an art movement of which the outside world at that autobjography knew nothing. ABT never got another dog after that. Picasso and Fernande end their relationship, and Fernande moves to Montparnasse to teach French.

Mar 21, K. Considered to be the one of the most accessible of Stein’s works, several literary critics, including Jeanette Wintersonhave noted that Stein creates a new format, building upon Virginia Woolf ‘s fictional biography, Orlandoin her own reinterpretation of the autobiography.

Here is a good example of her style: They were ve Hold your forefinger and thumb approximately an inch apart. That Stein can make figures like Picasso boring when disfigured by her ugly syntactic compulsions is a perverse sort of accomplishment, I suppose.

She talks about her friendship with Sherwood Anderson and Ernest Hemingwaywho helped with the publication of The Making of Americans. Stay in Touch Sign up.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. But you wouldn’t write these stories. She was also a vocal supporter of Petain, even when he was deporting Jews to Auschwitz. Stein’s style is a little repetitive, but has an easy conversational flow and quite a few beautiful moments, and besides, the book bristles with wit and an arrogance that’s just on the right side of amiable. I admit to being knackered and to making no effort so allce to find out, beyond Wikipedia.

Yet after a while I stopped adding imagined punctuation. They made the acquaintance of T. Stein, of course, would have wanted the book read for the pleasure of gretrude the work of a literary genius. The ego of Gertrude Stein was too hard to swallow, particularly combined with the absolutely atrocious writing. The juxtaposition of literary discussions between the masters of the time with seemingly unimportant everyday worries and details is a perfect combination: Also there’s the fact gerrtrude Toklas always remains on the fringe of this great group.

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And hey, GR says that this is my th read book!

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I am going to write it as simply as Defoe did the autobiography of Robinson Crusoe. Eliot and many, many others I will not mention them because I don’t know them yet. This is a must-read for anyone interested in artists and writers in Paris in the early autobiograhpy of the 20th century, because stdin writer and artist of any note who was in Paris at toklaas time encountered Gertrude Stein at some point.

Mar 20, John rated it it was ok. She was friends with anyone who was anyone in the artistic and literary circles of early 20th century Paris. And those are just most of the people I have heard of. What was good about it? At one point she mentions one as being particularly good, but there is nothing to it. Please try again later. Trivia About The Autobiography A story about all of these people living and working and making art together in Paris in the alicw 20th century should be incredible, right?

One autobiograph his axioms I always remember, if you must do a thing do it graciously. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of Loving this book, I am currently obsessed with turn of the century artist and writers in Paris early 20th century. I feel I’ve ticked off a bucket list book, but as has become customary, the construction of the bucket list is woefully misguided, to say the least.

She was an asshole. Oct 30, moneypenny rated it did not like it. Keep Exploring Britannica Voltaire. There was nothing shy and retiring about Stein and her high opinion of herself never faltered. Atobiography Loy equally interested was able to understand without the commas.

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

Her friends clearly meant a lot too her, and she influenced them as much as they influenced her. Interesting as a writer to try to write in sentences not in words but in sentences. Rather than dishing out the dirt on these famous men and women as Hemingway did in A Moveable Feastshe chooses instead to just rattle off the names of people who visited her and Gertrude Stein, sprinkled with little anecdotes that are either boring despite themselves according to this book, World War One really wasn’t so bad at all, and Toklas spends the most time telling us how hard it was to go on vacation during the war because she had trouble with her passportor are just plain boring.


Gertrude Stein was an American writer who spent most of her life in France, and who became a catalyst in the development of modern art and literature. It’s not Gertrude or Gertie or Ms.

So I was surprised to find this book so readable, and so downright funny in places. Whether the voice which emerges is authentically that of Toklas I don’t know, but the conversational style is very convincing and comes complete with non gfrtrude and digressions.

The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas, by Gertrude Stein

This is, then, The Autobiography of Alice B. She-Toklas referred to Stein’s writing quite a bit, and one day hopefully soon I will tackle The Making of Americans which, I understand, has no real punctuation?

Except it’s all about Stein, autobiograaphy though Toklas wrote it about her? She spoke to Ezra Pound and exchanged letters with T. This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat Mark Twain, American humorist, journalist, lecturer, and novelist who acquired international fame for…. This is especially the case if you look at the rest of Alice B. The book describes the life led by Toklas and Stein in Paris, including their at homes with such artists, literary lions, and intellectuals as Pablo PicassoErnest HemingwayHenri Matisseand Georges Braque.

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