Gertrude Stein and Alice Babette Toklas met on September 8, 1907, in Paris, and remained together from that day until Gertrude's death in 1946. They became a legendary couple, photographed by Stieglitz, Man Ray & Cecil Beaton, painted by Picasso, and written about in the works of Hemingway, Paul Bowles and Sylvia Beach.
The recent re-release of Gertrude & Alice, which chronicles the of Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, is a fascinating romp through the lives of two of literature’s most famous eccentrics. Though biographer Diana Souhami’s occasionally repetitive sentence structure can sound like a dripping faucet, the juicy details about the couple’s habits, purchases, and troubled friendships that she unearths make the read well worth it. (Paperback, $20.00) Recommended by Kelly.
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Published: I. B. Tauris & Company - January 5th, 2010