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Linda Simon

Linda Simon is the author of The Biography of Alice B. Toklas (University of Nebraska Press, 1991) and Gertrude Stein Remembered (Nebraska, 1994), as well as a biography of Coco Chanel and several books of cultural history.

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Alice Babette Toklas

Alice Babette Toklas, cookbook author and memoirist, along with her companion Gertrude Stein, served as host to one of the liveliest literary and artistic salons in Paris, from 1907 until Stein’s death in 1946. In the last decades of her life, Toklas was sought after for her many stories about her famous friends and acquaintances—and enemies—including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Thornton Wilder, and scores of other writers, artists, and musicians.

Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein was an American modernist writer, an international celebrity, and an artistic iconoclast. With her companion Alice B. Toklas, she lived in Paris for most of her life. An impressive modern art collection hung on the walls of their home. Besides poetry and plays, Stein wrote innovative fiction, essays on writing and art, and two memoirs, The Biography of Alice B. Toklas and Everybody’s Autobiography, that chronicled her life, career, and famous friends.

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