1921: Shakespeare & Company relocates at 12 rue de l’Odéon, Paris

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1921 – The bookstore created in 1919 by moves from 8 rue Dupuytren to 12 rue de l’Odéon.

1922Sylvia Beach is the first publisher of ‘s Ulysses, serialized in the american journal Little Review from March 1918 to December 1920. The book is instantly deemed controversial, banned in the United States and United Kingdom until the mid-30’s. James Joyce himself uses the store as his office.

The bookstore florishes, becoming the epicentre of the anglophone writing community, counting Ernest Hemingway, Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald as its patrons and customers.

1940 – The store is permanently closed during the German Occupation.

Part of the circulating collection books will be later donated to the .

1944Ernest Hemingway personally liberates the store, which will never reopen.

But its name and legacy will live on…

Sylvia Beach’s struggle to publish ‘Ulysses’ is depicted in the 2012 short movie Left Bank Bookseller written, directed and produced by Lisa Reznik.


Cynthia Morris‘ novel Chasing Sylvia Beach narrates the tale of a young american bookstore clerk venturing into Paris in the late thirties, seeking after her role model Sylvia Beach.


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