The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas

The Autobiography of Alice B  Toklas
Author: Gertrude Stein
Pages: 252
ISBN: 067972463X
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Release: 1990
Editor: Vintage
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Stein's most famous work; one of the richest and most irreverent biographies ever written.

The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas

The Autobiography of Alice B  Toklas
Author: Gertrude Stein
Pages: 178
ISBN: 1388227282
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Release: 2018-07-25
Editor: Blurb
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas was written in 1933 by Gertrude Stein in the guise of an autobiography authored by Alice B. Toklas, who was her lover. It is a fascinating insight into the art scene in Paris as the couple were friends with Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. They begin the war years in England but return to France, volunteering for the American Fund for the French Wounded, driving around France, helping the wounded and homeless. After the war Gertrude has an argument with T. S. Eliot after he finds one of her writings inappropriate. They become friends with Sherwood Anderson and Ernest Hemingway. It was written to make money and was indeed a commercial success. However, it attracted criticism, especially from those who appeared in the book and didn't like the way they were depicted.

The Alice B Toklas Cook Book

The Alice B  Toklas Cook Book
Author: Alice B. Toklas
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780063050891
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Release: 2021-05-18
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A beautiful new edition of the classic culinary memoir by Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein’s romantic partner, with a new introduction by beloved culinary voice Ruth Reichl. Restaurant kitchens have long been dominated by men, but, as of late, there has been an explosion of interest in the many women chefs who are revolutionizing the culinary game. And, alongside that interest, an accompanying appetite for smart, well-crafted culinary memoirs by female trailblazers in food. Nearly 70 years earlier, there was Alice. When Alice B. Toklas was asked to write a memoir, she initially refused. Instead, she wrote The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book, a sharply written, deliciously rich cookbook memorializing meals and recipes shared by Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wilder, Matisse, and Picasso—and of course by Alice and Gertrude themselves. While The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas—penned by Gertrude Stein—adds vivid detail to Alice’s life, this cookbook paints a richer, more joyous depiction: a celebration of a lifetime in pursuit of culinary delights. In this cookbook, Alice supplies recipes inspired by her travels, accompanied by amusing tales of her and Gertrude’s lives together. In “Murder in the Kitchen,” Alice describes the first carp she killed, after which she immediately lit up a cigarette and waited for the police to come and haul her away; in “Dishes for Artists,” she describes her hunt for the perfect recipe to fit Picasso’s peculiar diet; and, of course, in “Recipes from Friends,” she provides the recipe for “Haschich Fudge,” which she notes may often be accompanied by “ecstatic reveries and extensions of one’s personality on several simultaneous planes.” With a heartwarming introduction from Gourmet’s famed Editor-in-Chief Ruth Reichl, this much-loved, culinary classic is sure to resonate with food lovers and literary folk alike.

Paris France

Paris France
Author: Gertrude Stein
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9780871407085
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Release: 2013-06-24
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Matched only by Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, Paris France is a "fresh and sagacious" (The New Yorker) classic of prewar France and its unforgettable literary eminences. Celebrated for her innovative literary bravura, Gertrude Stein (1874–1946) settled into a bustling Paris at the turn of the twentieth century, never again to return to her native America. While in Paris, she not only surrounded herself with—and tirelessly championed the careers of—a remarkable group of young expatriate artists but also solidified herself as "one of the most controversial figures of American letters" (New York Times). In Paris France (1940)—published here with a new introduction from Adam Gopnik—Stein unites her childhood memories of Paris with her observations about everything from art and war to love and cooking. The result is an unforgettable glimpse into a bygone era, one on the brink of revolutionary change.

How to Write

How to Write
Author: Gertrude Stein
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780486835587
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Release: 2018-11-14
Editor: Courier Dover Publications
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

First published in 1931, this volume offers Gertrude Stein's reflections on the art and craft of writing. Although written in her distinctive experimental style, the book is remarkably accessible and easy to read. The modernist author's characteristic humor is borne out by some of the chapter titles, "Saving the Sentence," "Arthur a Grammar," "Regular Regularly in Narrative," and "Finally George a Vocabulary." Stein's experimental style features elements such as disconnectedness, a love of refrain and rhyme, a search for rhythm and balance, a dislike of punctuation (especially the comma), and a repetition of words and phrases. Those who are unfamiliar with her Stein's work or have found it difficult to understand will discover in How to Write an excellent entrée to a unique literary voice and an imaginative approach to language that continues to inspire writers and readers.

Two Lives

Two Lives
Author: Janet Malcolm
Pages: 229
ISBN: 0300137710
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Release: 2007-01-01
Editor: Yale University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

How had the pair of elderly Jewish lesbians survived the Nazis?" Janet Malcolm asks at the beginning of this extraordinary work of literary biography and investigative journalism. The pair, of course, is Gertrude Stein, the modernist master "whose charm was as conspicuous as her fatness" and "thin, plain, tense, sour" Alice B. Toklas, the "worker bee" who ministered to Stein's needs throughout their forty-year expatriate "marriage." As Malcolm pursues the truth of the couple's charmed life in a village in Vichy France, her subject becomes the larger question of biographical truth. "The instability of human knowledge is one of our few certainties," she writes. The portrait of the legendary couple that emerges from this work is unexpectedly charged. The two world wars Stein and Toklas lived through together are paralleled by the private war that went on between them. This war, as Malcolm learned, sometimes flared into bitter combat. Two Lives is also a work of literary criticism. "Even the most hermetic of [Stein's] writings are works of submerged autobiography," Malcolm writes. "The key of 'I' will not unlock the door to their meaning-you need a crowbar for that-but will sometimes admit you to a kind of anteroom of suggestion." Whether unpacking the accessible Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, in which Stein "solves the koan of autobiography," or wrestling with The Making of Americans, a masterwork of "magisterial disorder," Malcolm is stunningly perceptive. Praise for the author: "[Janet Malcolm] is among the most intellectually provocative of authors . . .able to turn epiphanies of perception into explosions of insight."-David Lehman, Boston Globe "Not since Virginia Woolf has anyone thought so trenchantly about the strange art of biography."-Christopher Benfey

The True Story of Alice B Toklas

The True Story of Alice B  Toklas
Author: Anna Linzie
Pages: 222
ISBN: 9781587296710
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Release: 2006-04-01
Editor: University of Iowa Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this original and intriguing study, Anna Linzie examines three mid-twentieth-century texts never before treated as interrelated in a book-length work of literary criticism: Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) and Alice B. Toklas's The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book (1954) and What Is Remembered (1963). Taking these three texts as intertexts or as an assemblage of the true story of Alice B. Toklas, Linzie challenges assumptions about primary authorship and singular identity that have continued to limit lesbian and feminist rereadings of autobiography as a genre and of Stein and Toklas as writers and historical figures.The True Story of Alice B. Toklas explores how the concept of autobiography as a primarily referential genre is challenged and transformed in relation to autobiographical texts written about the same person, the same life, but differently, by different writers, at different points in time. The concept of one true story is deconstructed in the process as Linzie modifies Homi K. Bhabha's “almost the same but not quite/not white” for the purposes of this particular study as “almost the same but not quite/not straight.” The investigation moves simultaneously on the planes of textuality and sexuality in order to provisionally articulate a “lesbian autobiographical subject” in Linzie's reading of these three texts.Linzie's study fills a gap in literary criticism where Stein's companion and her work have been more or less neglected, conceptualizing the Stein-Toklas sexual/textual relationship as fundamentally reciprocal. The True Story of Alice B. Toklas provides a new critical perspective on Toklas as indispensable to Stein's literary production, a cultural laborer in her own right, and a writer of her own books. Making a significant contribution to recent lesbian/feminist reconceptualizations of the genre of autobiography, this study will fascinate Stein and Toklas scholars as well as those interested in queer and autobiography studies.

Everybody s Autobiography

Everybody s Autobiography
Author: Gertrude Stein
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780307829771
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Release: 2013-03-13
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“Alice B. Toklas wrote hers and now everybody will write theirs.” In 1933 Gertrude Stein’s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas skyrocketed to the top of the bestseller lists, and the author found herself a celebrity. Everybody’s Autobiography is the very Steinian account of her soul-satisfying next five years in France, England, and America, where she made a triumphant tour of the country. Here are Stein’s devastating analyses of some of the major figures of the day whom she met—among them Dashiell Hammett, Charlie Chaplin, Pablo Picasso, Marianne Moore, Mrs. Roosevelt, and Sherwood Anderson—and also of her own life and work.

Beloved Dog

Beloved Dog
Author: Maira Kalman
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9780399564307
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Release: 2015-10-27
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Maira Kalman, with wit and great sensitivity, reveals why dogs bring out the best in us Maira Kalman + Dogs = Bliss Dogs have lessons for us all. In Beloved Dog, renowned artist and author Maira Kalman illuminates our cherished companions as only she can. From the dogs lovingly illustrated in her acclaimed children’s books to the real-life pets who inspire her still, Kalman’s Beloved Dog is joyful, beautifully illustrated, and, as always, deeply philosophical. Here is Max Stravinsky, the dog poet of Oh-La-La (Max in Love)-fame, and her own Irish Wheaton Pete (almost named Einstein, until he revealed himself to be “clearly no Einstein”), who also made an appearance in the delightful What Pete Ate: From A to Z. And of course, there is Boganch, Kalman’s in-laws’ “big black slobbering Hungarian Beast.” And that’s just the beginning. With humor and intelligence, Kalman gives voice to the dogs she adores, noting that they are constant reminders that life reveals the best of itself when we live fully in the moment and extend unconditional love. “And it is very true,” she writes, “that the most tender, complicated, most generous part of our being blossoms without any effort, when it comes to the love of a dog.”

What is Remembered

What is Remembered
Author: Alice B. Toklas
Pages: 192
ISBN: 0747404399
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Release: 1963
Editor: Orbit Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In Alice B.Toklas' only account of her life with Gertrude Stein, she portrays a relationship that spanned two world wars and included friendships with some of the most celebrated literary figures of the time.

A Portrait in Poems

A Portrait in Poems
Author: Evie Robillard
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9781525305092
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Release: 2020-03-03
Editor: Kids Can Press Ltd
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A delightful introduction to one of the most influential figures of twentieth-century art and literature. Here’s an insider’s tour of the lives of Gertrude Stein and her partner, Alice B. Toklas, amusingly addressed directly to the reader (“The next time you go to Paris …”). It explores Gertrude and Alice’s art collection, their famous writer and artist friends and even their dog, Basket. It also describes how Gertrude’s book The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas was not about Alice, but more about Gertrude herself! A celebration of creativity and the creative process, this innovative and readable biography champions two women who dared to live unconventional lives. Poems, paintings and Paris come to life in this enchanting book.

Murder in the Kitchen

Murder in the Kitchen
Author: Alice B. Toklas
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780141965901
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Release: 2011-04-07
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this memoir-turned-cookbook, Alice B. Toklas describes her life with partner Gertrude Stein and their famed Paris salon, which entertained the great avant-garde and literary figures of their day. With dry wit and characteristic understatement Toklas ponders the ethics of killing a carp in her kitchen before stuffing it with chestnuts; decorating a fish to amuse Picasso at lunch; and travelling across France during the First World War in an old delivery truck, gathering local recipes along the way. She includes a friend's playful recipe for 'Haschiche Fudge', which promises 'brilliant storms of laughter and ecstatic reveries', much like her book.

The Principles of Uncertainty

The Principles of Uncertainty
Author: Maira Kalman
Pages: 325
ISBN: 9780143116462
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Release: 2009
Editor: Penguin Group USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A narrative travelogue told in handwritten text and illustrations presents the creator's idiosyncratic worldview on a broad range of topics, from personal identity and happiness to the reasons for war and the delights of candy. 100,000 first printing.

Swami on Rye

Swami on Rye
Author: Maira Kalman
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9781681372372
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Release: 2018-09-18
Editor: New York Review of Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Max the dog's beloved wife Crepes is about to have puppies--and Max finds himself on a wild journey in India, returning home just in time to meet his expanded family The hero of Max Makes a Million goes off on a wild search for the meaning of life that takes him to India, where he visits the Temple of Doubletalk, meets a chatty guru named Vivek Shabaza-zaza-za, and has other adventures.

Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein

Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein
Author: Gertrude Stein
Pages: 736
ISBN: 9780307829856
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Release: 2012-10-24
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"This collection, a retrospective exhibit of the work of a woman who created a unique place for herself in the world of letters, contains a sample of practically every period and every manner in Gertrude Stein's career. It includes The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas in its entirety; selected passages from The Making of Americans; "Melanctha"from Three Lives; portraits of the painters Cezanne, Matisse, and Picasso; Tender Buttons; the opera Four Saints in Three Acts; and poem, plays, lectures, articles, sketches, and a generous portion of her famous book on the Occupation of France, Wars I Have Seen.

Cake

Cake
Author: Maira Kalman,Barbara Scott-Goodman
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780525558408
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Release: 2018-04-10
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

With great style, wit, and joy, Maira Kalman and Barbara Scott-Goodman celebrate their favorite dessert. In Cake, renowned artist and author Maira Kalman and food writer Barbara Scott-Goodman bring us a beautifully illustrated book dedicated to their love of cakes. Filled with Kalman's inimitable illustrations and memories, from chocolate cake on a terrace in Tel Aviv as a child to a gorgeous pink cake enjoyed over Lucretius and Nietzsche in Rome, and sprinkled with seventeen mouthwatering recipes prepared by Scott-Goodman, Cake is a joyful and whimsical celebration of a timeless dessert.

A Velocity of Being

A Velocity of Being
Author: Maria Popova,Claudia Zoe Bedrick
Pages: 280
ISBN: 1592702287
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Release: 2018
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An expansive collection of love letters to books, libraries, and reading, from a wonderfully eclectic array of thinkers and creators.

Staying on Alone

Staying on Alone
Author: Alice B. Toklas,Edward Burns
Pages: 426
ISBN: 0871401312
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Release: 1982
Editor: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Alice B. Toklas' correspondence during the last twenty years of her life provides insight into her friendships and associations as well as the art and literary circles of the era

The World is Round

The World is Round
Author: Gertrude Stein,Clement Hurd
Pages: 117
ISBN: 0910457166
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Release: 1986
Editor: San Francisco : Arion Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Rose wonders who she is, asking herself if she would still be Rose if her name were not Rose, and goes on a journey in search of herself.

And the Pursuit of Happiness

And the Pursuit of Happiness
Author: Maira Kalman
Pages: 480
ISBN: 0143122037
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Release: 2012-10-30
Editor: Penguin Paperbacks
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Filled with original art and photographs by the author who is also an illustrator and designer, each chapter represents a month of Kalman's yearlong travel across the U.S. and her reflections on democracy. She starts with a celebration of Barack Obama's Presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., continues with the month of February and Abraham Lincoln, and explores democracy and the pursuit of happiness artistically and poetically. Several presidents and political sites in Washington, D.C. are focal points as the year progresses.