James Joyce with Sylvia Beach, founder of Shakespeare & Co, who published Ulysses in 1922
Shakespeare and Company, the iconic Paris bookstore, is appealing to readers for support after pandemic-linked losses and France’s spring coronavirus lockdown put the future of the Left Bank institution in doubt.
The English-language bookshop on the Seine River sent an email to customers last week to inform them that it was facing “hard times” and to encourage them to buy a book. Paris entered a fresh lockdown on Oct. 30 that saw all non-essential stores shuttered for the second time in seven months.
…Founded by Sylvia Beach in 1919, Shakespeare & Company became a creative hub for expatriate writers including Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce.
Reflecting on Beach’s decision to publish “Ulysses,” Joyce’s groundbreaking novel of more than 700 pages, Whitman said: “No one else dared publish it in full…She became one of the smallest publishers of one of the biggest books of the century.”