... figured I'd put this author up here as a quick scan didn't bring up any old threads on Stein.
I'm currently reading "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas" by Gertrude Stein, an account of Stein's time in Paris spent hanging out with Cezanne, Matisse, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald amongst others.
I suspect that like me most people will have at least heard of Stein if you haven't actually read her, I don't think she's much read, and even if they haven't read her, they'll probably know of he Hemingway connection. I have a volume of Hemingway's 49 first short stories, and he discusses "having written in many places..." and Stein as well as Spain would have been part of that experience I presume. I believe it was Stein who encouraged Hemingways to drop his flowery prose, and after losing a suitcase full of his early work, life intervened and he had to begin all over again, after picking himself up off the deck.
The Penguin edition intoduces the volume as:
"A light-hearted entertainment, this is in fact Gertrude Stein's 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 the definitve account by the American in Paris."
It's actually a little book written in a plain easy style and fairly short at 261 pages.
Last edited by Hamlet; 18-Jul-2012 at 12:18.
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"Man cannot do without beauty, and this is what our era pretends to want to disregard"
Myth of Sysyphus ~ by Albert Camus