Legendary Lovers: Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas

Continuing our Valentine love fest, we take a look at perhaps the most famous same-sex couple of the 20th century.

BY Christopher Harrity

February 10 2014 4:00 AM ET


The salon at the Rue de Fleurus apartment. Picasso's famous portrait of Stein top, center.

Stein's writing was famously difficult. She wreaked havoc on syntax, grammar, and punctuation, but her most accessible and famous work was The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.

Besides the heavy hitters of culture like Picasso and Hemingway, Stein and Toklas were friends and collaborators with the most influential gay artists of the 20th century: Jean Cocteau, Thornton Wilder, Cecil Beaton, Virgil Thompson, and Sam Steward among them.  

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