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When Sylvia Beach s father, the Reverend Sylvester Woodbridge Beach, moved to Montparnasse, Paris, the 14 year old Sylvia Beach was in her element She met Carlotta Welles, who became a lifelong friend, and she was most disappointed when her father returned to Princeton She had developed a veritable passion for France and was delighted that the family returned regularly for holidays.When she was old enough Sylvia went to Spain, and spent a few months there before moving on to Paris where she wanted to pursue my studies at the source Before too long she discovered Adrienne Monnier s bookshop at 7 rue de l Odeon and this discovery eventually changed her life She loved Paris left bank and there she not only met French authors who she quickly came to admire but she developed a passion for owning her own bookshop in the area.She could not find premises immediately and went with the American Red Cross to spend nine months in Belgrade On return to Paris she began the search for suitable premises, which she found in the rue Dupuytren, just round the corner from rue de l Odeon She took great delight in setting up her little shop and on 19 November 1919 Shakespeare and Company was launched She found selling books in Paris not too easy so she added a lending library to her business Andre Gide was an early member of the library and Andre Maurois quickly followed suit The news of her venture quickly spread across the United States and she very soon attracted a clientele from the States These customers, she readily acknowledged, were drawn to Paris partly because of the presence in the city of such as Joyce, Pound and Picasso And Sylvia soon got to know two of these, Joyce and Pound, very well.Indeed she got to know Joyce so well that he becomes the most important figure in Sylvia s story While publishers would not touch Ulysses she took the brave step to publish it the decision was to lead to a lifetime spent looking after Joyce s literary affairs, in particular the intricacies of publishing Ulysses she was, of course, instrumental in getting other of his works into print, either in published editions or in the Little Magazines that were so popular at that time When property became available in rue de l Odeon, Sylvia moved there and Shakespeare and Company had found its spiritual home.In this enchanting book of her reminiscences of the literary and artistic scene of Paris Sylvia tells countless stories of the personalities that she meets as well as explaining all the nuances of working with Joyce One of my favourites relating to the latter was when a limited edition of Ulysses was to be printed and Sylvia sent flyers to all and sundry to attract orders She told Joyce that she was going to send one to George Bernard Shaw and on hearing this Joyce explained that there was no way that he would subscribe for a copy And he was correct as Shaw wrote a compelling letter explaining his decision and, thankfully, he gave permission for Sylvia to publish in this volume I ve always liked Shaw but after reading this letter he has gone up inestimably in my estimation And while on the subject of Shaw I have always thought that one of his best pieces of writing is his lengthy introduction to Frank Harris Life of Oscar Wilde and Sylvia plus many others mention it as one of his very best in this volume.Gertrude Stein, not the greatest Joyce fan good for her , Alice B Toklas, Ernest Hemingway, Paul Valery, George Antheil, Jules Romains, Sherwood Anderson, Scott Fitzgerald, Andre Gide, Ezra Pound and many flit in and out of these pages with first hand accounts of their doings and all of them are brought to life in this charming portrait of one on the important chapters in literary history It is certainly compelling reading for the literary fanatic. This was half of a great book, so I ll give the first half four stars and the latter half two stars I loved the story of Sylvia and her unlikely bookshop and how she came to publish James Joyce s Ulysses That was great, as were the stories of the other writers and musicians who frequented Shakespeare and Company in the early twenties The stories of Joyce and his family were beautiful and helped me understand the man much better At a certain point the memoir devolved into a series of short portraits of famous people she knew and why she liked them and then some random episodes from her life The very end descriptions of life in occupied Paris in WWII were also great, including the brilliant and inspiring liberation of the rue de l Odeon by Ernest Hemingway, which I m sure added to his legendary status when the book was originally published Lots to like here overall. #READ EBOOK ó Shakespeare and Company ì Sylvia Beach Was Intimately Acquainted With The Expatriate And Visiting Writers Of The Lost Generation, A Label That She Never Accepted Like Moths Of Great Promise, They Were Drawn To Her Well Lighted Bookstore And Warm Hearth On The Left Bank Shakespeare And Company Evokes The Zeitgeist Of An Era Through Its Revealing Glimpses Of James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Sherwood Anderson, Andre Gide, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Alice B Toklas, D H Lawrence, And Others Already Famous Or Soon To Be In His Introduction To This New Edition, James Laughlin Recalls His Friendship With Sylvia Beach Like Her Bookstore, His Publishing House, New Directions, Is Considered A Cultural Touchstone If I could transport to any period of history, Paris in the 1920s would probably be my first choice Hanging out in cafes, sipping wine late into the night and discussing the latest works of Joyce, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Gide who are also your neighbors, and, if you re very lucky, your acquaintances or friends would be amazing Sylvia Beach lived that dream life Sylvia was an American who moved to Paris and opened a bookshop that specialized in American works Her store was frequented by all the major players of the day, who included her in their professional and personal lives It wasn t always an easy life money was in short supply , but it was glamorous and fascinating Beach s style is anecdotal, but the reader gets a sense of her daily life with partner Adrienne Monnier, who also ran a bookshop, but of French writings along with the often funny stories of her talented friends Beach s account of how she published Joyce s Ulysses and smuggled it into America by way of Canada was particularly interesting to me I also came away with a different view of Hemingway than I d had before I would recommend this brief memoir to any fan of the period and its writers. Storia vera Sylvia Beach apr originariamente la Shakespeare and Company al numero 8 di rue Dupuytren Il locale fungeva, sin dal principio, sia come negozio di libri che come sala da lettura, centro della cultura anglo americana a Parigi Scrittori e artisti della generazione perduta, come Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, George Antheil, Man Ray e James Joyce passarono molto tempo al suo interno il fascino immortale dei libri che narrano di vite nei libri. a true tale behind the legendary bookstore a true joy to read the only thing that disappointed was its abrupt ending. I m a longtime admirer of Sylvia Beach, whose story this is When I was twenty one I went to Paris to try my hand at writing while starving I turned out to be rather good at the second of these While renting an icy garret at the top of the Hotel Novelty at Od on, I made frequent visits to the Shakespeare and Company bookshop on the quai at St Michel Many visitors over the years have mistaken that shop for the one that coined the name, but the original Shakespeare and Company a lending library as well as a bookshop was founded by Sylvia Beach, daughter of a Presbyterian minister from New Jersey, with the aid of her mother s life savings Opening for business on the morning of November 19th, 1919, Sylvia specialised in books written in or translated into English, and in no time her shop became an essential meeting place for visiting English speaking authors, some of whom used it as their Paris mailing address The shop usually associated with Sylvia was in the Rue de l Od on, but the first Shakespeare and Company was situated just round the corner, in the Rue Dupuytren When I came across the address of the original shop some twenty five years after I stayed at the Novelty my mouth dropped open The hotel was at 10 Rue Dupuytren The original Shakespeare and Company was at number eight right next door It was like finding the bones of old Will himself in your sock drawer.It was from 8 Rue Dupuytren that Gertrude Stein is said to have borrowed around seventy books in the two years before the shop moved to those larger premises round the corner It was at number 8 that Sylvia, with no previous publishing experience, volunteered to produce the first edition of Ulysses in book form, and in the process became James Joyce s most vigorous champion There ought to be a commemorative plaque on the wall of 8 Rue Dupuytren, but there isn t There s no indication whatsoever that the original Shakespeare and Company was housed there.Sylvia ceased trading in 1941 after refusing to sell an officer of the occupying German forces her last copy of Finnegans Wake from her window display Shortly afterwards she found herself in an internment camp, where she was held for six months Almost exactly a decade after she shut up shop for the last time, an American bookseller called George Whitman adopted the name Shakespeare and Company for his own shop in the Rue de la B cherie apparently with Sylvia s blessing The by then celebrated banner gave his establishment a ready made pedigree which to this day draws literary pilgrims by the planeload, most believing that they re visiting the shop associated with all those famous writers of the past Authentic or not, Mr Whitman s shop, now run by his daughter Sylvia Beach Whitman filled both a gap and a need, not least for cold hard up souls like me, eager for words they could understand and a spot of free warmth in which to pore over them Some of the above is from my memoir, MILKING THE NOVELTY, but this isn t intended as a plug ML Sylvia Beach This is a unique, behind the scenes look at creative people in an intensely creative time and place It was the period between the warsThe news of my bookshop, to my surprise, soon spread all over the United States, and it was the first thing the pilgrims looked up in Paris They were all customers at the Shakespeare and Company, which many of them looked upon as their club I didn t realize that, than anything else, this book is about James Joyce Beach not only published Ulysses, but she was Joyce s chief supporter and champion This is a must read for Joyce fans full of juicy details about his struggles and quirks, like he liked to spend money than he had, he was a big tipper, he always remembered birthdays, he gave big parties that ended with him playing the piano and singing a sweet song, and my personal favorite he sighed a lot.There was a bookshop cat named Lucky who ate people s hats and gloves Sylvia also had a dog foisted on her, despite her remark that shecouldn t keep a dog and a James Joyce and a bookshop Shakespeare and Company was a magnet for talented writers of the time In addition to Joyce, there was F Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, Ford Maddox Ford, Mina Loy, Djuna Barnes, TS Eliot, Katherine Anne Porter, Henry Miller, Anais Nin and many, many others I found A Moveable Feast readable, much of a story Hemingway, after all But Sylvia Beach was equally amazing at what she did best she created a haven of support for so many important writers of her time Where would we be without her reading a book in one day, and then writing a report on it the same day, and then turning that paper in the next day it s called THRIVINGanyway maybe it s that i was reading this with an Analytical Eye so i can write a bunch and tear it to shreds, but i thought this was so poorly structured also, unbelievably boring considering how objectively fascinating the subject matter is.if Joyce and Hemingway and Fitzgerald in a Parisian bookstore in the 1920s not to mention the Nazi shutdown of said bookstore during WWII can t keep my attention, something is wrong.bottom line meh i have a paper to write. 3.5 stars Often reads as a series of anecdotes, but it s interesting to read about Beach s relationship with Joyce from her own perspective.