The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Topics for Discussion

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Topic 1

What is the purpose of titling the book an autobiography? From whose perspective is the narrative related? Why? Who is the subject of the book? How is Gertrude Stein portrayed through the perspective of the narrator? What does this indicate, given that Stein is the book’s author as well?

Topic 2

How did Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas relate as individuals? What characteristics did they share? How were their childhoods similar and dissimilar? How was Toklas viewed by Gertrude Stein? What impressions did the couple make on one another in the beginning?

Topic 3

What role did Gertrude Stein play in the Cubist movement? How did she impact the modern art world? What was the worth of Stein’s art collection at her death? How did Gertrude Stein’s writing influence the literary world? What authors considered Gertrude Stein to be influential?

Topic 4

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