Winter 1960 • Vol. XXII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1960 |

Conversation with Sylvia Beach & Company

Shakespeare and Company by Sylvia Beach. Harcourt Brace and Company, $4.50 Shakespeare and Company is a record of the people and their doings that made Miss Beach's bookshop in Paris the literary headquarters of the twenties. Above all, it is a personal record. When you have read it, you will find a sensitive and moving image of James Joyce in your memory. Adrienne Monnier will be there too. And Hemingway. And some others. And then, clearest of all, though she never says much about herself: Sylvia Beach. She is alive and present in the character of her remarks. The reviews of her book have shown, by quoting so many of them, how irresistible, rememberable they are. I have often heard her say that there was a great deal more she had wanted to tell, especially about the French writers who helped to turn her bookshop into a foyer, a fiery center. Why not invite her to spend an afternoon telling us (and a tape recorder) some of the things she left out? Miss Margaret Marshall,

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