Charlie Campbell

The Madness of King George

Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs: The Left Bank World of Shakespeare and Co


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The sign on the front of Shakespeare and Company in Paris would have you believe many things: that there are other branches of the bookshop in Rome, Moscow, Bogotá, New York and Vienna; that it is the same Shakespeare and Company that published James Joyce’s Ulysses and provided Ernest Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, George Bernard Shaw, Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein with a meeting place in Paris; and that its owner, George Whitman, is the son of the poet Walt Whitman.

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