Sylvia Beach and Company Criticism: Overviews And General Studies - Essay

Hugh Ford (essay date 1975)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Ford, Hugh. “From Princeton to Paris: Sylvia Beach.” In Published in Paris: American and British Writers, Printers, and Publishers in Paris, 1920-1939, pp. 3-33. London, England: Garnstone Press, 1975.

[In the following essay, Ford provides a fairly detailed overview of the life of Sylvia Beach, also reflecting on the impact of her bookshop as well as her efforts to help Joyce publish his Ulysses.]

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The story of how the proprietor of an obscure little bookstore in Paris became the publisher of what is widely considered to be the most important novel of this century will probably always provoke a few incredulous gasps, if only...

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Morrill Cody and Hugh Ford (essay date 1984)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Cody, Morrill, and Hugh Ford. “Sylvia Beach.” In The Women of Montparnasse, pp. 19-32. New York: Cornwall Books, 1984.

[In the following essay, Cody and Ford recount the life and work of Sylvia Beach, focusing on the history of Beach's bookshop in Paris called Shakespeare and Company.]

The most remarkable characteristic of Montparnasse in the twenties was in my opinion, the way French, American, English, and Irish writers were drawn together to talk and to read each other's works. From this penetrating experience they undoubtedly learned more than they would have absorbed from any other comparable source. Largely responsible for this amalgam of ideas were...

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