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Nov 28, 2011 Sequelguerrier rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Brilliant! The letters, beyond providing a real glimpse into the personalities of Stein and Toklas capture the very real warmth and friendship of the two ladies for their 'Sammy' and it is clear that he repaid that friendship in kind. Stewards little memoir is revealing of the relationship and, in these days of tell it all, a beacon of kindness and real affection. Like it has been said by others, Steward is still often excised from the story of Stein and Toklas probably because he was not a 'fit ...more
This volume is both a memoir by an interesting character who is often omitted from biographies of Gertrude and Alice and a collection of letters from them to "Sammy". Having just read the biography of Samuel Steward ("Secret Historian"), I had behind the scenes glimpses of the events glossed over in the memoir and the letters.
Gertrude Stein was an American writer who spent most of her life in France, and who became a catalyst in the development of modern art and literature. Her life was marked by two primary relationships, the first with her brother Leo Stein, from 1874-1914, and the second with Alice B. Toklas, from 1907 until Stein's death in 1946. Stein shared her salon at 27 rue de Fleurus, Paris, first with Leo an ...moreMore about Gertrude Stein...