Sylvia Beach reads.
Sylvia Beach in the upstairs apartment where she hid her books during the German occupation of Paris (1945). David E. Scherman.
Beach (1887-1962), an American-born bookseller and publisher, opened an English language bookstore and lending library in Paris named Shakespeare and Company which attracted both French and American readers - including a number of aspiring writers.
Shakespeare and Company gained considerable fame after it published James Joyce’s Ulysses in 1922, as a result of Joyce’s inability to get an edition out in English-speaking countries.