Booklicious: Gertrude Stein is Ready for Her Close-Up

February 01, 2011


For a long time now, I've been resigned to the fact that most of my favorite writers are dead. I love period literature, which means even a black-and-white photograph of an author is something of a rarity. So when I come across color photos of a top-tier bygone writer, it's pretty jarring - and when I find actual footage of a legendary writer, well, it just makes my brain hurt. Below is a home movie featuring Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, shot in 1927 by Gertrude's nephew, Julian Stein. The first section was shot at Gertrude's brother Michael's house in Garches, France (the home was designed by Le Corbusier!), the second is of Gertrude and Alice at the Hotel Pernollet in Belley, France.

Credit: Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Papers. Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University


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