The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

TitleThe Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1933
AuthorsStein, Gertrude
Number of Pages310
PublisherThe Literary Guild
CityNew York

Considered one of the richest and most irreverent biographies in history, this book was written by Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) in the style and voice of her life partner, Alice B. Toklas (1877-1967). Published in 1933 and narrated by Alice, this autobiography begins with her initial move to France in 1907, the day after which she meets Gertrude, sparking a relationship that lasts for nearly four decades. Recounting the vibrant and literary life the two make for themselves among the Parisian avant-garde, Alice opens the doors to the prominent salons they held in their home at rue de Fleurus, hosting fellow expatriate American writers such as Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot, and Ezra Pound as well as artists Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Man Ray, and speaks of the twilight of the Paris belle epoque.

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