The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas - Study Guide Chapter 2, “My Arrival in Paris” Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 2, “My Arrival in Paris.” In the second chapter, Alice describes the year 1907, relating that "Gertrude Stein was just seeing through the press Three Lives which she was having privately printed, and she was deep in “The Making of Americans”, her thousand page book. Picasso had just completed Gertrude's portrait and Matisse had completed the "Bonheur de Vivre." This was the beginning of the great age of cubism.

Alice describes the home at 27 rue de Fleurus as consisting of two stories with four small rooms, a kitchen and bath. Alice had been invited to dine on a Saturday evening and had dinner cooked by Gertrude Stein's housekeeper, Hélène. Alice describes Hélène as having been an excellent maid and chef, carrying on all household duties for eight francs a day. Hélène had her opinions, though, and did not like...

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