Alice B. Toklas

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United States writer remembered as the secretary and companion of Gertrude Stein (1877-1967)


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After Stein's death, Toklas, financially strapped yet free from Stein's domineering ways, published a classic and original cookbook-memoir, The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book (1954).
Central to the life Stein shared with Alice B. Toklas were the intellectuals and artists who rotated through the revolving door of Stein's subsequent inner circles.
Hemingway's portrait of the writers and painters who fawned at the feet of Gertrude and her companion Alice B. Toklas at their salon on rue de Fleurus inspired my travels to the City of Light, first in 1969, then on and off through the 1970s and 1980s.
As an avid art collector of the works of Matisse and Picasso, friend of Alice B. Toklas, and acquaintance of Gertrude Stein, she recounts her encounters with that bohemian circle in early 20th century Paris.
The two Americans met in Paris at 27 rue de Fleurus, where Stein and her life partner Alice B. Toklas made their home, maintained their atelier of modern art (much of it by friends like Picasso and Matisse), and presided over a celebrated literary and artistic salon.
"Somehow I don't like to write on Gertrude even though it is a sure fire piece" he told Arnold Gingrich, the founder of Esquire, who had been urging him to strike back after Stein snubbed him in her Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. "I've got the gun and it's loaded and I know where the vital spots are and friendship aside there's a certain damned fine feeling of superiority in knowing you can finish anybody off whenever you want to and still not doing it" (SL 410-411).
It was not until the publication of her best-known (and most readable) work, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, in 1934, that Stein's life eclipsed her creative output as her true legacy.
In the evening accompany the trio to a gathering at the gracious home of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.
After she loses both job and apartment--since most dialogue is either incomprehensibly garbled or else screamed, it's hard to understand why this has occurred--she's forced to shack up with her dippy New Age sister (producer, director and co-writer Jill Wisoff), surrounded by a cadre of freaky types who would've seemed overblown even in "I Love You, Alice B. Toklas." From there, the film descends into groaner gags about Starbucks, open-mic poetry and funny foreign accents, though it mostly relies on goofily costumed extras mugging for the camera.
Long relegated to the position of subservient wife of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas is a distinctive writer in her own right; The Alice B.
The contemporary study of Stein as a lover of women, most expansively and extensively of Alice B. Toklas, began in 1970 with Richard Bridgman's Gertrude Stein in Pieces, which began to crack the codes she used, not always with great cunning, to encrypt her sexual and marital life.
In the famous closing lines of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein lets readers in on the trick.
Mini-biographies include: The Adventures of Augie March, Woody Allen, American Pastoral, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Saul Bellow, Michael Chabon, Everything is Illuminated, "Gimpel the Fool," Allen Ginsberg, Joseph Heller, Erica Jong, Denise Levertov, Norman Mailer, Bernard Malamud, Maus, Arthur Miller, The Natural, Tillie Olsen, Cynthia Ozick, Dorothy Parker, Chaim Potok, Ragtime, Philip Roth, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Susan Sontag, Elie Wiesel, and more.
This study is a personal look at one of the most famous writing relationships in modern literary history, that of the Jewish American writers, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. It describes their time in Vichy France during the Second World War and at the friendship that lay behind Gertrude Stein's most famous work, The Autobiography of Alice B.