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Two Lives In this brief, fascinating portrait, Janet Malcolm explores the mysterious 40-year relationship between modernist novelist/poet Gertrude Stein (stout,...Two LivesBiography, Nonfiction In this brief, fascinating portrait, Janet Malcolm explores the mysterious 40-year relationship between modernist novelist/poet Gertrude Stein (stout,...2007-08-31Yale University Press
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Two Lives

Genre: Biography, Nonfiction; Author: Janet Malcolm; Publisher: Yale University Press

In this brief, fascinating portrait, Janet Malcolm explores the mysterious 40-year relationship between modernist novelist/poet Gertrude Stein (stout, brilliant, egotistical, ”powerfully sexy”) and her lover, cookbook author Alice B. Toklas (”dour ugly crone to Stein’s handsome, playful princess”). Part biography and part literary criticism — Malcolm openly struggles to appreciate Stein’s opaque ”masterpieces,” never quite succeeding — Two Lives also incorporates her amusing journalistic forays into the small, contentious, and decidedly crazy world of contemporary Stein scholarship. The resulting volume is both hard to classify and hard to put down. A