The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Essay

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In the following essay, Raab identifies Stein's adoption of early twentieth century art techniques in her presentation of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.

Like a good detective story the end of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas gives up one final secret:

About six weeks ago Gertrude Stein said, it does not look to me as if you were ever going to write that autobiography. You know what I am going to do. I am going to write it for you. I am going to write it as simply as Defoe did the autobiography of Robinson Crusoe. And she has and this is it.

Of course the secret has always been in the title. But is this engaging paradox only a trick, a joke, a charming pretense? We all know that the best detective stories are concerned with more than the solution of the crime. Where does...

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