Special Collections and Digital Initiatives 11.14.2017

Alice B. Toklas Children's book

Come check out the Special Collections' November 2017 Alice B. Toklas Exhibit Showcase, located on the first floor of the library near the Lawrence Street Entrance.

The two cases contain pieces from the writer, Alice B. Toklas' life. She was an American born member of the Parisan avant-garde of the early 20th century and the life partner of American writer, Gertrude Stein. Gertrude Stein and Alice Babette Toklas first met on Sunday, September 8, 1907, in Paris. From that day on they were together, until Gertrude’s death on Saturday, July 27, 1946.

They visited the United States in 1934 on a lecture tour that transformed Gertrude from an obscure and difficult writer into a literary celebrity.

Case1: A holographic letter written to UCD Classics Professor, Donald Sutherland, and his wife Gilberte - has been reprinted in Women in American History: a Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection. The existence of the letter was discovered through this Westword article: http://www.westword.com/arts/from-the-archives-letter-from-alice-toklas-on-the-death-of-gertrude-stein-5785788

Case 2: A letter to Alice from the Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company about her book and a cook book written by Alice.