Shakespeare & Co.
Parisian bookstore, at 37 Rue Bûcherie, owned by George Whitman, “inspired” by Sylvia Beach’s original (at 12 Rue de l’Odeon), Left Bank home for boho literary ne’er do wells, dreamers, bookpeople &c. Kilometer Zero, a “cult literary zine,” has been produced and published from the store.
Canadian writer Jeremy Mercer fled his native ground for Paris in 1999, ended up working at Shakespeare & Co., editing KZ, and then wrote a memoir about it and its turn-of-the-century literary scene, Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co. (St. Martin’s Press 2005) There’s a long synopsis and review page at Powell’s. In what was apparently a follow-up work, Mercer wrote a now-difficult-to-find 2007 book, Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs: The Left Bank World of Shakespeare & Co.. Mercer has since written another book about France, When the Guillotine Fell: The Bloody Beginning and Horrifying End to France’s River of Blood, 1791 — 1977.
Images and articles
Rachel Leow’s article on the store has some excellent, evocative photographs.
Jon Hurd’s photo.
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