The Paris Bookseller

I am enjoying this read by Kerri Maher; it is the fictional story of how Sylvia Beach established her bookstore Shakespeare and Company in Paris. Under the guise of the bookstore, Sylvia published James Joyce’s novel Ulysses; it was outlawed in the United States, due to immorality laws at that time (1920). The novel reads like a Who’s who of famous authors; besides Joyce, Beach meets Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Andre Gide, Valery Laubaud, Gertrude Stein and many more. It moves slowly, but is well worth the time and effort.

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