Continuing on in re-reading A Moveable Feast, I've come to the chapter about Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company...
Perhaps one of (and maybe the only one of) my biggest disappointments in Paris was discovering that the current Shakespeare and Company is not the original. Sylvia Beach's original store was on the rue de l'Odéon. This is the place where the expats came in the 20's and where Sylvia risked publishing Ulysses for James Joyce.
|The original Shakespeare and Company - Sylvia and Hem are the last two on the right.|
The store front is still there, but the original store was closed during WWII. The story is that Sylvia packed up and hid the entire store from the Nazis.
|The original facade.|
In 1951, George Whitman opened the current store. Yep, he is a relative of Walt's. It sits right across the street from Notre Dame. After Sylvia's death he named the store Shakespeare and Company in her honor.
|Me by the current store.|
|The current Sylvia still meets with prospective writers and contributors|