The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas Author:Gertrude Stein (from back of book) "Largely to amuse herself, [Gertrude Stein] wrote THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ALICE B. TOKLAS in 1932...using as a sounding board her companion Miss Toklas, who had been with her for twenty-five years. It has been said that the writing takes on very much Miss Toklas' conversational style, and while this is true the style is still ... more »a variant of Miss Stein's conversational style...She usually insisted that writing is an entirely different thing from talking, and it is part of the miracle of this little scheme of objectification that she could by way of imitating Miss Toklas put in writing something of her own beautiful conversation. So that, aside from making a real present of her past, she created a figure of herself, established an identity, a twin, a Doppelganger...The book is full of the most lucid and shapely anecdotes, told in purer and more closely fitting prose...than even Gide or Hemingway have ever commanded..."« less
Strange. The author (speaking from Ms. Toklas' perspective) refers to herself by her full name, all the while substituting her name for "she" and "her." I suppose instead of "we" or "us" she used "Gertrude Stein and I." I really wouldn't know as I couldn't make it past the first chapter.