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Shakespeare and Company | Sylvia Beach
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Sylvia Beach was intimately acquainted with the expatriate and visiting writers of the Lost Generation, a label that she never accepted. Like moths of great promise, they were drawn to her well-lighted bookstore and warm hearth on the Left Bank. Shakespeare and Company evokes the zeitgeist of an era through its revealing glimpses of James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Sherwood Anderson, Andre Gide, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, D. H. Lawrence, and others already famous or soon to be. In his introduction to this new edition, James Laughlin recalls his friendship with Sylvia Beach. Like her bookstore, his publishing house, New Directions, is considered a cultural touchstone.
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One of my favorite places in Paris

TrishB Mine too ❤️ 1w
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brit91 Oh my gosh add on dream list!! 1mo
OriginalCyn620 Me too! 📚❤️😊 1mo
AnneCecilie A great store, small but great. I‘ve visited twice and brought books on both visits 1mo
JamieArc I just checked it off my bucket list in May. Loved it, though there were way too many people to properly enjoy it at the time. 1mo
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The essential pilgrimage! Shakespeare and company was as wonderful as before. I‘ll always go every time I‘m in Paris. My boyfriend got the cat to sit on him while he read for ages but the cat didn‘t like me 😐 I bought some books translated from French to help work on my knowledge of French literature! I‘ll post pics when I get somewhere I can sit down.

I‘m completely under Paris‘ spell 🥰 I‘ve been before but I love it most this time

TrishB Love it here 💕 and Paris generally. 5mo
Debdeb Shakespeare & Co is on my bucket list ... have you read the book by Jeramy Mercer? Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs? 5mo
cariashley So awesome, I love that place!! Agree it‘s a must do whenever in Paris ❤️ 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Awesome! I recently read about this amazing bookstore in The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell. #travelbucketlist 5mo
Rachel_nyc I‘ve been under Paris‘ spell since my first as a high school student. I always make a stop at Shakespeare & Co. as well. 5mo
Swe_Eva I‘ve been to Paris, but never made it to the store. 😒 #bucketlist 5mo
Emilymdxn @TrishB @cariashley @Rachel_nyc it‘s amazing! I can‘t believe I‘m only here three days, I‘m already planning how to get cheap train tickets to come back and researching french evening classes. I don‘t know that I ‘got‘ Paris before but now I see why people say it‘s the most beautiful city in the world 5mo
Emilymdxn @Swe_Eva I hope you manage to get there! 5mo
Emilymdxn @erzascarletbookgasm I haven‘t heard of that but ill put it on my list! 5mo
Emilymdxn @Debdeb haven‘t read it but ill put it on my list! 5mo
youneverarrived It is the best city 💕 lovely photo. 5mo
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#lavieboheme #musicalnewyear
Quite a rebellious, bohemian bunch here 😁

Cinfhen Brilliant 8mo
SW-T Love the cover 😊 8mo
Leftcoastzen Excellent choice! 8mo
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vivastory Definitely! 8mo
batsy Delightful cover 💚 8mo
ErinGoBragh1011 There are now 2 us stores with this name. One in NYC and one in Philly. I have never heard of this book before. It sounds good. 8mo
TrishB @ErinGoBragh1011 it was a good read 👍🏻 8mo
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#paris #augustisatrip
I was lucky enough to go to Paris last year for my 50th 😁and visit this bookshop!

youneverarrived I love it there 💙 hoping to go back next year for my 30th. 13mo
Megara 😍 love Shakespeare & Co.! 13mo
TrishB @youneverarrived @Megara it‘s wonderful 😁 13mo
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AnneCecilie I love this bookstore. I only had some 40 min. in there the last time I was in Paris. Way too little, I could gave spent hours. But for my wallet, it was probably enough time 😉 13mo
TrishB @AnneCecilie I spent about 3 hours in there and a lot of money! But I had a special allowance for my birthday! 13mo
AnneCecilie @TrishB wish that had been me 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh I want to go!!!! 💗💗💗 13mo
vkois88 Sounds like a lovely time!! ❤❤❤ 13mo
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#backpackEurope I didn't do backpacking in my most recent trip to Europe but I did do some book shopping.

Linsy Looks fantastic! 1y
SandyW That bookstore looks so inviting! 1y
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1. Gaiman. Amanda Palmer would be invited too, of course. Their dude can play with my dudes, and we'll eat, drink, and be merry!
2. 1920s Paris.
3. I've been told that I look like Holly Marie Combs from Charmed.
4. I tag my new Pen Pals @mellissimo and @Kelican17

#TuesdayTidbits @JenlovesJT47

MissAimz_55 Oh 1920s in Paris, yes!! 2y
JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚 2y
JazzFeathers I'd go to 1920s Berlin 😆 2y
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And they stamp the inside for you! 😍🇫🇷

RaimeyGallant So cool! 2y
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#wanttogotoparis? #heartsandhardcovers
I have always wanted to and was lucky enough to go for my birthday last year 😁
This is a pic from inside Shakespeare and Co ❤️

Valeka So lovely! I‘m planning to go in October! 2y
readordierachel Awesome! 2y
Christine11 I loved Shakespeare and co - so old-timey ! 😊 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️ 2y
mrp27 😍😍😍😍 2y
JaclynW Great picture! I loved that place! (How'd you get away with taking a picture inside? I got in trouble for doing that!) 2y
TrishB @JaclynW very quickly and no one about!! 2y
JaclynW @TrishB Tricky, tricky!! 😉😄 2y
JaclynW @TrishB I could have spent all day in that awesome book shop! 😍 2y
TrishB @JaclynW absolutely ? I did spend a good couple of hours there and a not insignificant amount of £!! 2y
JaclynW @TrishB 😊❤ 2y
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Check out their website for a book subscription offer.....expensive but you could always drop hints to Santa 🎅

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Heaven. 🙌

LeahBergen 😍😍😍 2y
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Of course this was one of my first stops in Paris 🤗🇫🇷🙌 They even stamp your book when you buy one!

tjwill 😍🤓📚💕 2y
LeanneAslin I'd love to visit this shop, I've heard it's really cool! 2y
cariashley @LeanneAslin it's awesome, definitely worth a visit! 2y
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Entertaining, informative and fun read about this fabulous book shop in Paris. So many amazing stories about authors that frequented the shop. I had no idea about the publication of Ulysses.
Can't wait to visit in a few weeks, as long as @Lindy doesn't buy all the books before me!

LeahBergen You are going to have SO MUCH FUN! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Merethebookgal Awesome! Take pics so we Littens can live vicariously through you 😁 2y
Cinfhen So exciting ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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LeeRHarry I loved it - enjoy! 2y
Lindy Shakespeare and Company will never run out of books, not to worry. I do plan to stop in there, of course. It's really close to a cosy vegetarian restaurant that we like: Le Grenier de Notre Dame. 2y
minkyb I remember being there but really couldn't enjoy it or spend money since our kids were so young and uninterested! 2y
batsy Enjoy! I look forward to your pics 💜 2y
TrishB @lindy - oh a vege restaurant too! 4 out of the 5 of us going are vege - one vegan. So that's good to know! 2y
TrishB @LeahBergen @Merethebookgal @Cinfhen @LeeRHarry @minkyb @batsy getting excited now 💗 my youngest is 15 so understands my book needs! 2y
Lindy @TrishB If I post on Litsy about some of the other vegetarian restaurants we go to while in Paris, I will tag you, ok? 2y
TrishB Thanks @Lindy that would be fab 💗 2y
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#currentlyreading - getting ready for our trip to Paris in a few weeks 😀😀
Got some reading time on the bus today as meeting 2 of my sisters for lunch. It's a 40 minute bus ride - they said 'will you be ok on your own'? (I'm the youngest sister they still think I'm 12!) I won't be on my own - I have a book!!

kspenmoll 👏😊 2y
Megabooks Have fun! 2y
writerlibrarian Great book. 2y
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minkyb Fun times! 2y
Jeg It is a great place to visit. Enjoy. 2y
Lindy I will be in Paris in June also. 😊 2y
TrishB @Lindy we get there on the 30th 😀 2y
Lindy @TrishB I will have cleared out all the best stock from the Seine bookstalls by then. 😉 2y
TrishB @Lindy oh no!! I'm going to have to send out a no books for Lindy alert!! 😂😂 2y
Lindy @TrishB Ha! I will be in my best disguise. They will never catch me! 2y
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Favorite indie bookstore that I've visited so far: Shakespeare and Company in Paris. Such a lovely bookstore! I wanted to stay there for hours. This was in 2014 and I still haven't read the copy of American Gods that I bought.😂 Love their tote bag and I keep using that.

#IndieBookstore for #AprilBookShowers

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#holiday #lyricalapril
I have a significant birthday later this year and hubby has booked us 4 days in Paris. I get to do what I want and see Depeche Mode live 😀 (I'm an 80's girl!) I desperately want to go to this bookshop and am planning on reading these before I go!

Hooked_on_books I saw Depeche Mode back in 2010 and they were amazing! You would have thought they were at their peak. You're going to love that concert! 2y
LauraBeth This sounds so fun! 2y
LeahBergen Lucky you! 2y
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Lmstraubie Depeche Mode-AWESOME!!!! Have a fantastic time! 2y
Dragon Wow awesome birthday plans! 🎉 2y
Cobscook Sounds amazing! 2y
TrishB @Hooked_on_books @LauraBeth @LeahBergen @Lmstraubie @Dragon @Cobscook 😀 first time I've ever had a count down on my phone! 2y
Cinfhen Sounds fabulous 💝💝💝good job, hubby 👍🏻Depeche Mode can be found on my 80's playlist 😃 2y
AmandaL I almost touched Dave Gahan's hand during their Violator tour. In my teen years I could name all their songs, in order, by album. 😄 2y
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I had to dig up this old photo from my visit to Shakespeare and Company. You see? Magical! There are nooks and crannies filled with books and notes all about. Some lucky folks even get to sleep inside the shop (for free!) on occasion. I'm not sure if that last thing is still a thing. Somewhere in here Kiki was waiting for me to find her.

IamIamIam *drool* 3y
diovival @iamiamiam I know right! And it's two stories. 3y
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Some of my current favorite bookmarks for today's #RiotGrams. 1️⃣ One that I got at Shakespeare and Co over Christmas. 2️⃣ Laird, my grandpa. 3️⃣ Leather Holland bookmark, which I got on our trip there when I was 11. 4️⃣ San Francisco, a gift from my most bookish friend. 5️⃣ Saint me Chapelle, bought at the church over Christmas. @bookriot

LeahBergen 😍😍 3y
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Arrived today 😀

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Stopped into my favorite indie bookstore (Shakespeare & Co. on the Upper East Side) to browse and get some delicious coffee. Was delighted to see this display of classics printed on their Espresso Book Machine. ❤ #getindie

Well-ReadNeck That's awesome!!! 3y
katedensen @Well-ReadNeck Right?! I love this store. It's been around for as long as I can remember. 3y
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🍴@shakespeare&coparis Arugula Snacker w/ Pomegranate Vinaigrette - A little homage to a literary legacy (Link to #recipe in profile!) #shakespeareandco #paris #cookingforone

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Hmmm, let's climb these stairs....if only for the story they tell! #paris #shakespeare&co

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#TBT Not sure if this qualifies for a #getindie bookstore photo, but I had the pleasure of visiting the Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore in Paris earlier this year, and it was wonderful!! 😍📚🇫🇷

scripturient Sure this qualifies! :) 3y
Curley_Bender Proposed to my wife on a trip to Rye, East Sussex. We then took a three day jaunt to Paris. When she asked what sights I wanted to see I replied, "Shakespeare & Company. All else is expendable". Sometimes she wonders about me...so yeah, I say it counts! 3y
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If anyone is ever in Paris, go to this bookstore! It's called Shakespeare and Company. It is absolutely beautiful, and it has many different types of books. It's located just across the river from the Notre Dame Cathedral.

supersophiesbooks It's beautiful inside! Did you buy any books there? 3y
bananasbooks @supersophie7 I bought Carry On by Rainbow Rowell! It was the last one in the store, and it was hidden behind a copy of Fangirl. 3y
supersophiesbooks Cool! I just finished that book (literally yesterday) and saw a bit of Carry On in the back. 3y
bananasbooks Hahaha nice! 3y
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