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Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice, Malcolm, Janet

Author Name    Malcolm, Janet

Title   Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   Very Good

Publisher    Yale University Press

ISBN Number    0300125518 / 9780300125511

Seller ID   SKU1030684

0300125518 Support Earthlight Books and other independent booksellers! Hardcover with Dust Jacket. 1st/1st, First Edition, First Printing with full number line. Very Good. Light shelf wear to covers/corners; satisfaction guaranteed.

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"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.Praise for the author: " Janet Malcolm] is among the most intellectually provocative of authors . . .able to turn epiphanies of perception into explosions of insight."--David Lehman, "Boston"" Globe""Not since Virginia Woolf has anyone thought so trenchantly about the strange art of biography."--Christopher Benfey

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