Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice

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Melbourne University Publish, 2007 - 229 pagina's
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Two Lives is Janet Malcolm's stunning portrait of a legendary couple: Gertrude Stein, the modernist master, and 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 their relationship that emerges 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. Janet Malcolm is at her finest in this extraordinary work of literary biography and investigative journalism.
  

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Review: Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice

Gebruikersrecensie  - Thomas Raymond - Goodreads

This isn't a biography so much as a book about the difficulty of writing one. As Malcolm says, “Biography and autobiography are the aggregate of what, in the former, the author happens to learn, and ... Volledige recensie lezen

Review: Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice

Gebruikersrecensie  - Sarah B. - Goodreads

Although this is a very well-written book, I found it dry. Malcolm has done a wonderful job piecing together the evidence to form the narrative of Stein and Toklas' lives. I loved the story of how ... Volledige recensie lezen

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