Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas


Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas and their dog Basket. Bettman/Contributor/Getty Images

Gertrude Stein is an icon in the world of modernist literature. Alice B. Toklas is often described as her partner and assistant, but she was a published writer as well, and “assistant” really doesn't cover how important she was to Stein’s life and work.

Tracy's Research:

  • Malcolm, Janet. “Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice.” Yale University Press. 2007.
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  • Simon, Linda. "Alice Babette Toklas." Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. 20 March 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on January 29, 2018) https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/toklas-alice-babette
  • Stein, Gertrude. “Tender Buttons.” 1914. Via Bartleby.com. http://www.bartleby.com/140/
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  • Stein, Gertrude. “Sacred Emily.” From “Geography and Plays.” 1922. Via Letters of Note. http://www.lettersofnote.com/p/sacred-emily-by-gertrude-stein.html
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  • Poetry Foundation. “Gertrude Stein.” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/gertrude-stein
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  • Will, Barbara. “The Strange Politics of Gertrude Stein.” Humanities. March/April 2012. Vol. 33, No. 2. https://www.neh.gov/humanities/2012/marchapril/feature/the-strange-politics-gertrude-stein
  • Warren, Lansing. “Gertrude Stein Views Life and Politics.” New York Times. 5/6/1934. http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/05/03/specials/stein-views.html
  • Malcolm, Janet. “Strangers in Paradise.” The New Yorker. 11/13/2016. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2006/11/13/strangers-in-paradise
  • “Alice Toklas, 89, Is Dead in Paris.” New York Times. 3/8/1967. http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/05/03/specials/stein-toklasobit.html
  • Stimpson, Catharine R. “Reviewed Work(s): Baby Precious Always Shines: Selected Love Notes between Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas by Kay Turner; Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson by Ellen Louise Hart and Martha Nell Smith.” The Women's Review of Books, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Nov., 1999), pp. 6-7. Via JSTOR. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4023340
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