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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Apr 12, El rated it really liked it Shelves: He was not disturbed by this, after all there was at that time a great deal of going and coming and there were many friends of mine going.

May 22, Sentimental Surrealist rated it really liked it. Stein who had in the meantime returned to Paris, and there at her house I met Gertrude Stein. Stein expresses friendship very strongly.

The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas, by Gertrude Stein

This is especially the case if you look at the rest of Alice B. Gertrude Stein, being a woman, had to face far more severe criticism for believing in her own genius and her right to earn money than any of her male artist friends. She was an axle, in many ways, of Paris society, befriending artists Picasso; Matisse; Gris and writers Hemingway; Pound; Cummings and publishers and more.

I have in consequence always preferred living in a temperate climate but it is difficult, on the continent of Europe or even in America, to find a temperate climate and live in it. Alice tells of Gertrude’s argument with T. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. If you are, you’ll agree Stein was sort of an asshole. You won’t find it here, I promise you that. Stein, of course, would have wanted the book read for the pleasure of reading the work of a literary genius.


Hemingway and yertrude many manuscripts she read and edited. You might be tempted to dismiss this book out-of-hand, either because of Gertrude Stein’s reputation for unreadable austerity or because it’s basically a bunch of bohemians yes, they’re famous bohemians, but the point stands running around Paris and London, but I’m here to tell you it’s well worth your time.

My mother was a quiet charming woman named Emilie. 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.

The work was originally published in an abridged version in The Atlantic Monthly magazine. Gertrude Stein preferred some other guy, some St. The title of this memoir, The Autobiography of Alice B.

I led a pleasant life, I had many friends, much amusement many interests, my life was reasonably full and I enjoyed it but I was not very ardent in it. Her brother Leo Stein deemed it a ‘ farrago of lies’.

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Stein suffers for being more interesting as a contextualized person than as a writer, but there are plenty of people who achieved the same without ever having attempted to be an author, so that’s hardly a reason for condemnation.

Stein was also one of the first to use the term gay in her writing. People toklsa love to say “Gertrude Stein lived in Pittsburgh! On the other hand, we know so much about Stein, as if there’s not enough information about her life out there in the world. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: The Autobiography of Alice B.


Toklas is, she was Stein’s longtime partner and lover, and calling it an autobiography but yet it was written by Stein Pablo Picasso!

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

I had some intellectual adventures at this period but very quiet ones. Based on this book, it is too early for me to say that Stein is really a genius.

And people who first pick up the book will inevitably read that first chapter as though it’s Stein talking about Stekn, because she’s the damn author of the book, so it’s all very misleading and disorienting at first. I’ve said quite a few times this year that I don’t enjoy these very basic styles, that I feel some writers under-describe – yet I did rather like the Autobiography.

The Autobiography of Alice B. She was there for some of it, and she saw everybody who was important, but then the door slams shut in her face at the end and we realize that she doesn’t really know anything at all, and won’t ever know.

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Every story that ever came into the house eventually got told in Alice’s way, and this was its definitive version. In no one of the three cases have I been mistaken. She also painted and was a vital figure and host within the artistic world.

See all books by Gertrude Stein. At gertrued bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.