Shakespeare and Company - Paris

photography Peppe Tortora

coordination Mariaelena Morelli

31 May 2013

"Shakespeare and Company was opened by George Whitman in August 1951. George had found himself in Paris after the Second World War, not wanting to return to America straight away. He enrolled at the Sorbonne to improve his French and found a small hotel room on Boulevard St. Michel. During his studies he amassed a large collection of English books and used his room as a library and bookstore. It was only after a conversation with his friend Lawrence Ferlinghetti that George took seriously the notion of opening a bookstore in Paris. So, in 1951 he managed to acquire a small apartment opposite Notre Dame de Paris, which was then converted into the front of Shakespeare and Company." -Shakespeare and Company

Shakespeare and Company is located at 37 Rue de la Bucherie, 5ème arrondissement, Paris.

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