Everybody's autobiography

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Exact Change, Sep 1, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
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Everybody's Autobiographyis among the very best of Gertrude's writing--[it] speaks with the true and original voice of Gertrude Stein, without apparent art or bravado. --Janet Hobhouse In 1937, Gertrude Stein wrote a sequel to The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, but this darker and more complex work was long misunderstood and neglected. An account of her experiences in the wake of having authored a bestseller, Everybody's Autobiographyis as funny and engaging as The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, but it is also a searing meditation on the meaning of success and identity in America. Posing as the representative American, Stein transforms her story into history--responding to the tradition of Thoreau and Henry Adams, she writes: "I used to be fond of saying that America, which was supposed to be a land of success, was a land of failure. Most of the great men in America had a long life of early failure and a long life of later failure." Everybody's Autobiographyis Stein at her most accessible and her most serious, and may yet prove to be among her most popular books.

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User Review  - toft - Goodreads

Eh. This wasn't as fun as the Autobiography of Alice B Toklas - it got a bit much. It was less about the gossipy doings of her circle and more and more about the nature of art and genius. Read full review

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User Review  - Allison C. McCulloch - Goodreads

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Born in Pennsylvania in 1874, Gertrude Stein attended Radcliffe College where she studied psychology under thegreat William James. After leaving America, Stein finally settled in Paris where she began experimenting withwriting techniques and before long became an important literary figure in the flourishing Parisian art world of theday. Gertrude Stein also helped launch the careers of other artistic giants and influenced and entertained the likes ofHemingway, Pound and Fitzgerald in her famous Paris salon. Gertrude Stein died in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1946.

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