Shakespeare and Company


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In context : On the shoulders of giants in the Latin Quarter

(From : The Tea Caddy). At the nearby Montebello embankment, turn left into de la Bûcherie street. It's time to indulge yourself with an english-language book, even on sunday.

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The place

Opened in 1951 by George Whitman, it was originally named "Le Mistral" but renamed to "Shakespeare and Company" in 1964. Today, it serves both as a regular bookstore and as a reading library, specializing in English-language literature.

The shop was featured in the Richard Linklater movie Before Sunset and in the Woody Allen movie Midnight in Paris.

George Whitman described the bookstore's name as "a novel in three words" and calls the venture "a socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore". Customers have included the likes of Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, and Richard Wright. The bookstore includes sleeping facilities, with 13 beds, and Whitman claims as many as 40,000 people have slept in the shop over the years.

Regular activities that occur in the bookshop are Sunday tea, poetry readings and writers' meetings.

Source : Wikipedia contributors, "Shakespeare and Company (bookstore)"

More info
  • Opening hours - Everyday from 10am to 11pm except for Saturday and Sunday : opens at 11am.
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