The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

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By (author) Ms Gertrude Stein

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 20mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 17 March 1990
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 067972463X
  • ISBN 13: 9780679724636
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 160,017

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Through the eyes of Miss Toklas, Gertrude Stein reviews both of their lives before their meeting and during their years of companionship

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"Largely to amuse herself, [ Gertrude Stein ] wrote The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas in 1932...using as a sounding board her companion Miss Toklas, who had been with her for twenty-five years. It has been said that the writing takes on very much Miss Toklas' conversational style, and while this is true the style is still a variant of Miss Stein's conversation style. ...She usually insisted that writing is an entirely different thing from talking, and it is part of the miracle of this little scheme of objectification that she could by way of imitating Miss Toklas put in writing something of her own beautiful conversation. So that, aside from making a real present of her past, she created a figure of herself, established an identity a twin, a Doppelganger.... The book is full of the most lucid and shapely anecdotes, told in a purer and more closely fitting prose... than even Gide or Hemingway have ever commanded .... " -- Donald Sutherland ..". The record of nearly thirty years of life in a fantastically changing Paris and else where -- a life passed in the most stimulating and important society." -- Louis Bromfield ..". One of the richest, wittiest, and most irreverent [biographies] ever written." -- William Troy

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Largely to amuse herself, Gertrude Stein wrote this book in 1932..using as a sounding board her companion Miss Toklas, who had been with her for twenty-five years. The book is full of the most lucid and shapely anecdotes, told in a purer and more closely fitting prose...than even Gide or Hemingway have ever commanded.

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Stein's most famous work; one of the richest and most irreverent biographies ever written.