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March 15, 2012

Paris in March

From today's The Writer's Almanac:

It's the birthday of Sylvia Beach, born in Baltimore, Maryland (1887). She founded an English-language bookstore and lending library on Paris's Left Bank called Shakespeare & Company. It became a central feature of the Parisian literary scene of the 1920s, since it opened just as the "Lost Generation" discovered Paris. It became "the unofficial living room" of the expatriate artists there. Writers used it as a meeting place, a post office, and a place for guidance with their writing. Beach also published books, including the first edition of James Joyce's Ulysses (1922).
A very interesting woman, someone I've read about often, and even once searched for.  I have the recent edition of her letters on my bookshelves, thanks to this blog, but haven't gotten to it yet.

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