Synopses & Reviews
Largely to amuse herself, Gertrude Stein wrote this book in 1932..using as a sounding board her companion Miss Toklas, who had been with her for twenty-five years. 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.
"It is an instructive and most entertaining book....Let us hope that The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
, with its wisdom, its distinction and its charm, will have the effect of causing the general public to recognize Gertrude Stein for what she is: one of the most remarkable women of her time and if not 'in english literature the only one' at least one of the genuinely original ones." Edmund Wilson, The New Republic
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"... 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
Stein's most famous work; one of the richest and most irreverent biographies ever written.