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.
*curtsies; the bear pursuing me pauses to curtsy also* Duke, do you know about the Parisian bookstore Shakespeare and Company, and would you ever consider staying there?
*Curtsies* I do but I’m not sure I would, purely because I need privacy to be able to do any sort of creative work and that would be very difficult to come by with a 1,000 tourists a day walking through your bedroom.