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The Resource Two lives : Gertrude and Alice, Janet Malcolm, (electronic book)

Two lives : Gertrude and Alice, Janet Malcolm, (electronic book)

Label
Two lives : Gertrude and Alice
Title
Two lives
Title remainder
Gertrude and Alice
Statement of responsibility
Janet Malcolm
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
'How had the pair of elderly Jewish lesbians survived the Nazis?' Janet Malcolm asks at the beginning of this extraordinary work of literary biography and investigative journalism. The pair, of course, is Gertrude Stein, the modernist master 'whose charm was as conspicuous as her fatness' and 'thin, plain, tense, sour' 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 the legendary couple that emerges from this work 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."Two Lives" is also a work of literary criticism. 'Even the most hermetic of Stein's writings are works of submerged autobiography', Malcolm writes. 'The key of "I" will not unlock the door to their meaning - you need a crowbar for that - but will sometimes admit you to a kind of anteroom of suggestion'. Whether unpacking the accessible "Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas", in which Stein 'solves the koan of autobiography', or wrestling with "The Making of Americans", a masterwork of 'magisterial disorder', Malcolm is stunningly perceptive
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Malcolm, Janet
Dewey number
818.5209
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3537.T323
LC item number
Z7137 2007eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Authors, American
  • Americans
  • Paris (France)
  • Stein, Gertrude
  • Toklas, Alice B
Label
Two lives : Gertrude and Alice, Janet Malcolm, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10192317
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
229 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780300125511
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Other physical details
ill.
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Two lives : Gertrude and Alice, Janet Malcolm, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10192317
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
229 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780300125511
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Other physical details
ill.
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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