Sylvia Beach and Company Criticism: The Business Of Publishing - Essay

Shari Benstock (essay date 1986)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Benstock, Shari. “Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier: Rue de L'Odéon.” In Women of the Left Bank: Paris, 1900-1940, pp. 194-229. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1986.

[In the following essay, Benstock presents brief overviews of Monnier and Beach's lives, also reviewing the history of their relationship together, both as personal friends and professional colleagues.]


In May 1938, the owner of La Maison des Amis des Livres at 7, rue de l'Odéon, broadcast over Radio-Paris a “Letter to Listeners.” Adrienne Monnier began her spoken letter with a hypothetical objection from the male listening audience: “‘les...

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Noel Riley Fitch (essay date 1995)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Fitch, Noel Riley. “Sylvia Beach: Commerce, Sanctification, and Art on the Left Bank.” In A Living of Words: American Women in Print Culture, edited by Susan Albertine, pp. 189-206. Knoxville, Tenn.: The University of Tennessee Press, 1995.

[In the following essay, Fitch outlines the importance of Beach's bookshop, detailing its business operations and reflecting on its significance as a meeting place for American writers in Paris during those years.]

Sylvia Beach fled the Presbyterian parsonage of Princeton, New Jersey, to create a life for herself abroad. After working in journalism, volunteer farming during World War I, and the Red Cross in Serbia, Beach...

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