For those browsers not as impressed by architecture as they are by the beauty of books upon books upon books in narrow hallways — not to mention a place to nap. Shakespeare & Company, Paris, France A good cup of coffee, a place for my notebook (actual PAPER) and I would be in HEAVEN!
Sylvia Beach Whitman, the proprietor of the Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris, is the daughter of the shop’s founder, the late George Whitman. She was named after Sylvia Beach, an American-born bookseller and publisher who was the founder of the original Shakespeare & Company bookshop. (From Book Mania.)
‘Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise.’ The Shakespeare and Company in Paris used to be a monastery in 1600s and housed popular writers like Ezra Pound, Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ford Madox Ford, and James Joyce since it was established in 1951. The bookshop used to be called The Mistral, but owner George Whitman renamed it Shakespeare and Company in 1964. (via Jennifer Liston)