Shakespeare and Company, Paris
Shakespeare and Company, Paris
A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart

Epilogue by Sylvia Whitman
Foreword by Jeanette Winterson
Edited by Krista Halverson


Our "sister" bookstore finally gets the biography it deserves. Exquisite and intimate, Krista Halverson brings together the stories of the many brilliant people involved with Shakespeare & Co. over its long and fruitful history. —Recommended by Stacey, City Lights Publishers

A copiously illustrated account of the famed Paris bookstore on its 65th anniversary

This first-ever history of the legendary bohemian bookstore in Paris interweaves essays and poetry from dozens of writers associated with the shop—Allen Ginsberg, Anaïs Nin, Ethan Hawke, Robert Stone and Jeanette Winterson, among others—with hundreds of never-before-seen archival pieces, including photographs of James Baldwin, William Burroughs and Langston Hughes, plus a foreword by the celebrated British novelist Jeanette Winterson and an epilogue by Sylvia Whitman, the daughter of the store's founder, George Whitman. The book has been edited by Krista Halverson, director of the newly founded Shakespeare and Company publishing house.

George Whitman opened his bookstore in a tumbledown 16th-century building just across the Seine from Notre-Dame in 1951, a decade after the original Shakespeare and Company had closed. Run by Sylvia Beach, it had been the meeting place for the Lost Generation and the first publisher of James Joyce's Ulysses. (This book includes an illustrated adaptation of Beach’s memoir.) Since Whitman picked up the mantle, Shakespeare and Company has served as a home-away-from-home for many celebrated writers, from Jorge Luis Borges to Ray Bradbury, A.M. Homes to Dave Eggers, as well as for young authors and poets. Visitors are invited not only to read the books in the library and to share a pot of tea, but sometimes also to live in the bookstore itself—all for free.

More than 30,000 people have stayed at Shakespeare and Company, fulfilling Whitman’s vision of a "socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore." Through the prism of the shop’s history, the book traces the lives of literary expats in Paris from 1951 to the present, touching on the Beat Generation, civil rights, May ’68 and the feminist movement—all while pondering that perennial literary question, "What is it about writers and Paris?"

Title Shakespeare and Company, Paris
Subtitle A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart
Epilogue by Sylvia Whitman
Foreword by Jeanette Winterson
Edited by Krista Halverson
Publisher Shakespeare and Company Paris
Title First Published 03 September 2016
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 384 p.
ISBN-13 9791096101009
Publication Date 03 September 2016
Main content page count 384
Weight 64 oz.
 


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