Shakespeare & Co.

"Recursive bookshop" by Alexandre Duret-Lutz

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.

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Jeremy Mercer

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.

"Soirée lecture" by Alexandre Duret-Lutz

Images and articles

Don’t miss the photograph of the store by Yamamoto Photography and Alexandre Duret-Lutz’s recursive photos of the shop, two of which are shown here.

Rachel Leow’s article on the store has some excellent, evocative photographs.

Jon Hurd’s photo.

Rare Books

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For further reference

First published on February 27th, 2009 at 12:34 pm (EST) and last modified on March 2nd, 2009 at 12:04 pm (EST).