Gertrude Stein was a titan of early feminism and one of the great pioneers of the modernist world. Born in Pennsylvania in 1874, Stein lived through a period of global upheaval, writing groundbreaking literature and supporting emerging poets and artists. Luminaries like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Ezra Pound, Jean Cocteau, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald were regular visitors at her famous Paris salon, where she lived with her life partner of forty years, Alice B. Toklas.Her complex personal beliefs and politics still defy easy categorisation, inspiring controversy to this day. Stein was a one-woman renegade literary movement, and her body of work - including Three Lives, Tender Buttons, The Making of Americans, and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas - broke a long succession of moulds. When she died in 1946, Gertrude Stein was a transcontinental literary icon, and one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century.
"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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