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    The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

    £9.99
    Jenni Fagan says:

    Discovering the work of Gertrude Stein felt like finding a missing space on my bookshelf had been filled by something I was looking for. I am also influenced by some of her poetry. I love her deliberate use of repetition and how she creates sketches of characters as in her Portrait of Picasso.

    I love to read about her life in Paris and the salon she shared with her wife Alice B. Toklas. It is a place I would have loved to visit. They had such strong relationships with artists, poets, thinkers and writers.

    In Luckenbooth we find Gertrude Stein is mentioned, as one of the writers that my characters in the 1910 decade go to visit, in fact they meet Picasso and dare slur that he isn’t even painting at the time, he’s off in Florence having a love affair, of course it is a fictionalised world that visits real ones and in turn alters them, heightens and disturbs reality.

    Gertrude Stein was writing through surrealism and she experimentated in form and technique. Her wife Alice is the narrator in this book, drawing in their lives and realities, she talks of Leo Stein, Cezanne, Matisse, Vollard and Guillaime Appollinaire and lots of Cubist artists and arguing with people like T.S. Eliot. I love the feel of these characters and how the form of autobiography is enhanced, not hindered, by reality.

    ISBN: 9780141185361
    AuthorGertrude Stein
    Pub Date26/04/2001
    BindingPaperback
    Pages272
    Availability: In Stock

    A fascinating insight into the vibrant culture of Modernism, and the rich artistic world of Paris's Left Bank, Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas includes an introduction by Thomas Fensch in Penguin Modern Classics.

    For Gertrude Stein and her wife Alice B. Toklas, life in Paris was based upon the rue de Fleurus and the Saturday evenings and 'it was like a kaleidoscope slowly turning'. Picasso was there with 'his high whinnying Spanish giggle', as were Cezanne and Matisse, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. As Toklas put it - 'The geniuses came and talked to Gertrude Stein and the wives sat with me'. A light-hearted entertainment, this is in fact Gertrude Stein's own autobiography and a roll-call of all the extraordinary painters and writers she met between 1903 and 1932. Audacious, sardonic and characteristically self-confident, this is a definitive account by American in Paris.

    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), a writer of experimental prose, is one of the original American Modernists. Born in Pennsylvania, she lived most of her life in Paris with her partner, Alice B. Toklas. Experimental books like Three Lives (1909), Tender Buttons (1914), and The Making of Americans (1925) established her reputation as an avant-garde stylist, and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas made her an international celebrity. As an experimental writer she has been an inspiration to countless novelists and poets in our century, from Ernest Hemingway and Edith Sitwell in her own time to Jack Kerouac and Robert Duncan in ours.

    If you enjoyed The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, you might like Virginia Woolf's Orlando, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

    'Buttonholes the reader with its informality, its unhurried rhythms, deadpan humour and acerbic remarks'
    Frances Spalding, Sunday Times

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    A fascinating insight into the vibrant culture of Modernism, and the rich artistic world of Paris's Left Bank, Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas includes an introduction by Thomas Fensch in Penguin Modern Classics.

    For Gertrude Stein and her wife Alice B. Toklas, life in Paris was based upon the rue de Fleurus and the Saturday evenings and 'it was like a kaleidoscope slowly turning'. Picasso was there with 'his high whinnying Spanish giggle', as were Cezanne and Matisse, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. As Toklas put it - 'The geniuses came and talked to Gertrude Stein and the wives sat with me'. A light-hearted entertainment, this is in fact Gertrude Stein's own autobiography and a roll-call of all the extraordinary painters and writers she met between 1903 and 1932. Audacious, sardonic and characteristically self-confident, this is a definitive account by American in Paris.

    Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), a writer of experimental prose, is one of the original American Modernists. Born in Pennsylvania, she lived most of her life in Paris with her partner, Alice B. Toklas. Experimental books like Three Lives (1909), Tender Buttons (1914), and The Making of Americans (1925) established her reputation as an avant-garde stylist, and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas made her an international celebrity. As an experimental writer she has been an inspiration to countless novelists and poets in our century, from Ernest Hemingway and Edith Sitwell in her own time to Jack Kerouac and Robert Duncan in ours.

    If you enjoyed The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, you might like Virginia Woolf's Orlando, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

    'Buttonholes the reader with its informality, its unhurried rhythms, deadpan humour and acerbic remarks'
    Frances Spalding, Sunday Times

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