Sylvia Beach and Company Criticism: Sylvia Beach And James Joyce - Essay

Sally Dennison (essay date 1984)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Dennison, Sally. “James Joyce: From the Bookshop.” In [Alternative] Literary Publishing: Five Modern Histories, pp. 78-115. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1984.

[In the following excerpt, Dennison characterizes Beach's undertaking with Joyce as one of the most famous cases of alternative publishing, in which Beach's unusual allowances and relationship with Joyce allowed him the freedom to be even more experimental than he could have been had he worked with a traditional publisher.]

The most famous case of this form of alternative publishing in modern times involves one of the most influential English-language novels of our century, James Joyce's...

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Noel Riley Fitch (essay date 1988)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Fitch, Noel Riley. “The First Ulysses.” In James Joyce: The Augmented Ninth, edited by Bernard Benstock, pp. 349-61. New York: Syracuse University Press, 1988.

[In the following essay, Fitch traces the events that led up to Beach sponsoring and managing the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses under the auspices of Shakespeare and Company.]

The letter is dated 1 April 1921—its letterhead reads Shakespeare and Company, rue Dupuytren—the tone is the cultivated one of a breathless, youthful daughter to her “Dearest Little Mother,” first benefactor of the bookshop and lending library called Shakespeare and Company:


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Edward L. Bishop (essay date summer 1998)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Bishop, Edward L. “The ‘Garbled History’ of the First-edition Ulysses.Joyce Studies Annual 9 (summer 1998): 3-36.

[In the following excerpt, Bishop explores the conflicting accounts of the events leading up to the decision by Beach to publish Joyce's Ulysses, using Beach's own memoir about Shakespeare and Company as one of the sources of information in helping trace the editorial and creative process for the book.]

Joyce was fond of garbled history: and so am I.

—Sylvia Beach

In the spring of 1921 a shattered James Joyce slumped in a chair in Sylvia Beach's...

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