Analysis of 'The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas' and 'A Moveable Feast'
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One can argue that the veracity of autobiographies, by nature, is extremely deceptive. The vast majority of the facts contained within them are colored, quite naturally, by the perceptions and interpretations of the author. The tendency to take liberty with the truth is often exacerbated when the author of such works has an affinity (or perhaps gift) for the written language, such as is the case with both Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, who produced fairly unconventional autobiographical works entitled A Moveable Feast and The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, respectively. The proclivity to glorify one's own actions and deeds in effect to make oneself appear 'cool' is often an irresistible temptation, especially for those writing about people (including themselves) whom posterity admires, such as the 'lost generation' of expatriate American writers living in Paris in the early part of the 20th century. In light of that fact, it is interesting to note that both Hemingway and Stein create an image of their