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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You don’t get round to it as soon as they’d like so they do it for you – and, whilst they at least get the voice steih, they make most of the book about themselves rather than trying to step into your shoes.

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The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas, by Gertrude Stein

But the writing is so unbearably bad, I couldn’t force myself past the first 20 pages. They had initially been good friends, but fell out when Hemingway disparaged Sherwood Andersonwhom Stein considered had been a great influence on Hemingway’s writing. They were best friends and through her you’re able to view his lifestyle. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Others thought she was an asshole as I describe below as well.

Alice goes to bed early. Every story that ever came into the house eventually got told in Alice’s way, and this was its definitive version. 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 time knew nothing. If you are, you’ll agree Stein was sort of an asshole.

The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas, by Gertrude Stein : Chapter 1

Hold your forefinger and thumb approximately an inch apart. She might admit that Shakespeare was talented as well, but only on a good day. So what did I learn about Alice?: Here’s what I know about Gertrude Stein: Thank you for your feedback.

To any one who did not see gertruce as it was then it is impossible to imagine it. Por saber que Steim Stein conviveu com pintores e escritores famosos, pensava que ia ficar a saber pormenores interessantes das suas vidas. After the war, the only name of note who appears is Ernest Hemmingway and Stein takes complete credit for his success and the way he wrote.

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Henri Matisseartist often regarded as the most important French painter of a,ice 20th autobipgraphy. She recounts holidays in Italy and Spain with Gertrude. What I most want to know is: Except for the question marks; too many sentences needed to be read twice for lack of those. They knew Sherwood Anderson, Jean Cocteau, and Ernest Hemingway, which was one of the most humorous relationships in the whole book.

Sure, [Stein] said, as Pablo once remarked, when you make a thing, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly, but those that do it after you they don’t have to worry about making it and they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when the others make it. Stein shared her salon at 27 rue de Fleurus, Paris, first with Leo an 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.

For about a year or more, I lived a block away from the house where she was born.

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

Annnd that’s about it. ABT never got another dog after that. Tao Lin and alt-lit are nothing new. This just reminds me of Augusten Burrough’s Running with Scissors that is written nicely like a autobiography but he included disgusting in-your-face geryrude acts that are so distasteful I almost threw the book against the wall.

Ostensibly Toklas’ autobi This is a must-read for anyone interested in artists and writers in Paris in the early part of the 20th century, because every writer and artist of any note who was in Paris at that time encountered Gertrude Stein at some point.

Open Preview See a Problem? Stein was much more interested in the visual artists of the period than I think Hemingway was or at least she wrote about it more than he did, being such good friends with some guy called Picasso and othersbut still covered a lot of similar territory.


Both old women, lifetime companions. So I was surprised to find this book so readable, and so downright funny in places. In this other book I will review today she dismissed Francoise Sagan’s “Bonjour Tristesse” as an “abomination” I noted this with amusement as I gave this book 2 stars although I missed using this perfect word, “abomination’.

Vertrude was convinced that her writing had great merit and could not understand why her literary genius went so long unrecoginsed. Whilst it’s obviously interesting as a development, unforunately I’ve always found it ugly, and if I’d been around at the time I would have been a right middlebrow stick-in-the-mud, preferring Art Deco and Nouveau to sideways blue and yellow cyclopes etc. Stay in Touch Sign up. I actually learned more about her from this book than I learned about Alice B.

Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of His father left his mother just after their marriage, to fight at the barricades in Paris, but his wife having cut off his supplies, he soon returned and led the life of a conservative well to do land owner.

Jan 26, Laura autobiogdaphy it really liked it Recommends it for: My point is that a gay or lesbian novel can be great even if there are no gertude scenes. What was good about it?

Throughout her lifetime, Stein cultivated significant tertiary relationships with well-known members of the avant garde artistic and literary world of her time. I had some intellectual adventures at aufobiography period but very quiet ones. Eliot and many, many others I will not mention them because I don’t know them yet.

She was there for some of it, and she saw everybody stdin 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. This is especially the case if you look at the rest of Alice B.