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Shakespeare and Company History Booklet

A brief history of a Parisian bookstore

Krista Halverson


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In this 36-page pamphlet, Sylvia Whitman recounts the history of her father's Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare and Company. Opened in 1951 by George Whitman, the English-language bookshop, found in the shadow of Notre-Dame, was inspired by Sylvia Beach's bookstore of the same name (1919 - 1941). Like Beach's shop before it, George's has attracted the great Paris-based expat writers of its time, beginning in the 1950s with James Baldwin, Anaïs Nin, Julio Cortázar, Peter Matthiessen, Allen Ginsberg, Richard Wright, Lawrence Durrell, William Burroughs, Henry Miller, and Jorge Luis Borges. In full-color, with more than 50 reproductions of archival materials and photographs, this pamphlet makes for a lovely memento of one's visit to the bookstore, or a charming gift for someone dreaming of a future trip to France.

Printed in France by Art & Caractère.

Publisher: Shakespeare and Company
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 16 Jan 2014
ISBN: 2000000150116