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Leslie, Eliza (15 November 1787–01 January 1858), writer, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Robert Leslie, a watchmaker, and Lydia Baker. Like many female children of her time, Leslie was privately tutored in French and music and attended school only for a few months, to learn needlework. From 1793 to 1799 the family lived in London, where her father exported watches and clocks to Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the American side of the business was sorely mismanaged, and after the death of her father in 1803, Eliza and her mother were forced to open their home to boarders. While her brother ...

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Toklas, Alice B. (30 April 1877–07 March 1967), writer, author of cookbooks, and Gertrude Stein's companion, writer, author of cookbooks, and Gertrude Stein’s companion, was born Alice Babette Toklas in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Ferdinand Toklas, a store owner, and Emma Levinsky. She lived a middle-class Jewish life of intellectual and artistic pursuits in the homes of her maternal grandparents in San Francisco and her family homes both there and in Seattle, Washington. Her father’s clothing business was prosperous much of the time. She attended private school and spent many years at piano study. At eight she was taken to France and England as well as to Poland to visit her father’s relatives. In 1893 she entered the music conservatory of the University of Washington....