Shakespeare and Company

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Shakespeare and Company is the name of two independent bookstores on Paris's Left Bank. The first was opened by Sylvia Beach on 19 November 1919 at 8 rue Dupuytren, before moving to larger premises at 12 rue de l'Odéon in the 6th arrondissement in 1922. During the 1920s, it was a gathering place for writers such as Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and Ford Madox Ford, and others.
Patrons could buy or borrow books, which had been banned in Britain and the United States. The original Shakespeare and Company closed on 14 June 1940, during the German occupation of France in World War II. It has been suggested that it may have been ordered shut because Beach denied a German officer the last copy of Joyce's Finnegans Wake. When the war ended, Hemingway "personally liberated" the store, but it never re-opened.
In 1951, another English-language bookstore was opened on Paris's Left Bank by George Whitman, originally named "Le Mistral" but renamed to "Shakespeare and Company" in 1964 in tribute to Sylvia Beach's bookstore. Its premises, the site of a 16th-century monastery, are at 37 rue de la Bûcherie. Much like Shakespeare and Company, the store became the focal point of literary culture in bohemian Paris, and was frequented by many writers, including Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and William S. Burroughs. The bookstore has sleeping facilities, with 13 beds.
Address: 37 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris
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Dream Bookstore
writtenwren , 2015-05-20
This is the bookstore I have always dreamed of going to. My mother and I always made grand plans of going here and spending the day, lost in the stacks. She passed away in 2008, and never got to go... read full review
Books, books, books
carlsr , Dana Point, California, 2015-05-19
Famous for the authors and artist who frequented the place but its very small and crowded. Just stick you nose in the place so you can say you were there. If you're a literary junkie, spend you the... read full review
Coolest Little Bookstore in Paris
John G , Chicago, Illinois, United States, 2015-05-19
While in Paris, we kept hearing about the Shakespeare and Company bookstore. So we had to check it out. It is a quaint little very old bookstore across from Notre Dame. When we went it was very... read full review
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