Photoessay: Shakespeare and Company Bookshop.


Chalkboard Words.

Table and Chairs.



The Shakespeare and Company Bookshop is an independent bookstore in the 5th arrondisement in Paris. The original bookstore’s proprietor, Sylvia Beach opened the bookstore in 1919. The store moved from 8 rue Dupuytren to 12 rue de l’Odeon in 1921 where it remained until 1941. It was a frequent visit for artists like Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Man Ray and James Joyce. In December 1941 due to the occupation of France by the Germans in World War II, the store was closed, and didn’t open again till 1951, when it was opened by George Whitman under the name Le Mistral. However, when Sylvia Beach passed, the store’s name was changed to Shakespeare and Company, and it continues to operate at 37 rue de la Bucherie, near Place St. Michel and steps from the Seine River. Check out their website, and if you have the chance, be sure to stop by on your next visit to Paris!


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