‘Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise.’ The Shakespeare and Company in Paris used to be a monastery in 1600s and housed popular writers like Ezra Pound, Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ford Madox Ford, and James Joyce since it was established in 1951. The bookshop used to be called The Mistral, but owner George Whitman renamed it Shakespeare and Company in 1964. (via Jennifer Liston)
Shakespeare and Company, Paris. The perfect bookstore Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France. “Young writers are invited to stay at Shakespeare and Company without any form of payment, as long as they work in the bookstore for a couple of hours every day and commit to reading and writing every single day.”
On this day in 1919, Sylvia Beach, the visionary pillar of the Paris expat scene and usherer of James Joyce’s Ulysses into the world and supporter of many of the great female voices of the century like Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein and Mina Loy, opened Shakespeare and Company.
The Shakespeare and Company bookshop - a “labyrinth of books” - on Rue de la Bûcherie in Paris. Opened by George Whitman (no relation to Walt) in 1951 as Le Mistral, the name was changed in April of 1964 to honor William Shakespeare’s 400th birthday. It was once the only free English lending library in Paris, and Whitman allowed traveling writers to stay in it as needed.