1964: Shakespeare & Company is reborn – Le Mistral changes its name

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1962Sylvia Beach, founder of the original Shakespeare and Company bookstore, dies.

1964 – After the death of Sylvia Beach, changes the name of his bookshop from Le Mistral to Shakespeare and Company as an homage to Sylvia, who is said to have allowed him the right to do so in 1958.

1967 – George launches the Paris Magazine, aka “The Poor Man’s Paris Review” which counts Marguerite Duras, Jean-Paul Sartre and Allen Ginsberg as contributors. Two more issues will follow, only to be revived in the 2010’s.

1981 – Birth of George’s daughter, Sylvia Beach Whitman.

2003Sylvia Whitman, reunited with her father in 2002, takes over management of the bookstore and puts her own mark on the place, leaving her father’s legacy intact while leading the store to a new era with wit and passion.

2006 – George is made “Officier des Arts et des Lettres” by the French government.

2008 – Sylvia Whitman launches the second edition of the now biennial literary festival FestivalandCo.

2011, aged 98, dies December 14 2011 after a passionate life dedicated to the written word, forever missed by his daughter and thousands of former “tumbleweeds”, friends and book lovers.


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