The Biography of Alice B. Toklas

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The Biography of Alice B. Toklas

The Biography of Alice B Toklas In Paris Gertrude reigned but Alice ruled She was cook critic publisher lover and muse to one of the most celebrated women of letters in this century This first biography of Gertrude Stein s com

  • Title: The Biography of Alice B. Toklas
  • Author: Linda Simon
  • ISBN: 9780803292031
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Paris, Gertrude reigned, but Alice ruled She was cook, critic, publisher, lover, and muse to one of the most celebrated women of letters in this century This first biography of Gertrude Stein s companion, Alice B Toklas, takes us from her childhood in San Francisco through her instant attraction and forty year devotion to the woman she believed to be a genius ToklasIn Paris, Gertrude reigned, but Alice ruled She was cook, critic, publisher, lover, and muse to one of the most celebrated women of letters in this century This first biography of Gertrude Stein s companion, Alice B Toklas, takes us from her childhood in San Francisco through her instant attraction and forty year devotion to the woman she believed to be a genius Toklas emerges as a formidable personality, choosing and rejecting Gertrude s friends from their brilliant coterie Hemingway I made Gertrude get rid of him , Pound so sad and so very mistaken , Fitzgerald the most gifted and intelligent of all , Picasso, Matisse, and many Author Linda Simon has woven a deeply affecting portrait of the woman married to a great literary pathfinder a relationship that would help to shape the course of the arts in modern times.Contained within its pages are photographs by Carl Van Vechten, Cecil Beaton, and others a complete bibliography and a thirty page appendix in which obscure references in Gertrude s writings are explained It s fitting that Alice B Toklas should be the subject of a biography With her acid tongue, shrewd judgement, vitality, and intense loyalty she was a fairly remarkable person in herself Publishers Weekly.

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    1. Jessie Young on said:

      I bought this book because of Gertrude Stein's prominence in "Proust Was a Neuroscientist," which I enjoyed very much. In the end, I ditched this book. The references to artists and the culture of Paris in the early 1900s made zero sense to me and aren't really aligned with my interests. Her writing style is unique and I will try to read something else of her's in the near future. There were even great parts in this one, but it was just too difficult for me to get through.“It was not what Fran [...]

    2. Sean Meriwether on said:

      Like a few others, I picked this book up in error, thinking it was Gertrude Stein’s "name dropping" version. However, I might have been better off with this actual biography. Ms. Simon’s thesis is that there would never have been a Gertrude Stein without an Alice B. Toklas, who promoted and inspired her (and perhaps not a Picasso without a Stein); Ms. Toklas was the person who engineered the myth around the author and poet and was a significant muse for her body of work. This well-researched [...]

    3. George Ilsley on said:

      Alice B. Toklas was in many ways a hidden force. Not everyone realizes how much of an influence she was, and how much the genius of Gertrude Stein was a result of collaboration. Alice was opinionated, energetic, forceful and pretended to be invisible. But ignore her at your peril. She is the key to understanding the life and the work of the attention grabbing Gertrude Stein. This volume has lots of pictures.

    4. Chris on said:

      About half way through, I find that I really like the biography format as a lens to view historical moments. I didn't know much about Toklas or Gertrude Stein, but it's a good introduction to their world - which is a pretty central one to the history of modern creative enterprise. It was also good to view the couple via Alice, because the image of Gertrude Stein is already cemented so strongly in the history of modernism.

    5. Mary on said:

      Picked up this used paperback at a local bookstore. Duh, I thought I was getting "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas," by Gertrude Stein. Nope, this in a BIOgraphy written by Linda Simon. So far though, I'm enjoying it.Now finished reading. Read my review at my blog.

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