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Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Letters Of Sylvia Beach

I recently held an interview with Keri Walsh, whose book "The Letters of Sylvia Beach" has been out since early this year. I have been a Beachophile for some time now. My interest in Sylvia Beach stems from my study of American expatriates in post-World War I Paris - termed "The Lost Generation" by Gertrude Stein, herself an American expat. Keri's book is well edited and is an excellent link between Sylvia's biography "Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation" by Noel Riley Fitch and her memoir "Shakespeare and Company". I found it fascinating reading. These are letters from Sylvia to some of the most influential artists of the last century, which seals even further Sylvia's importance in providing support, friendship and even book production from her little bookshop and lending library in Montparnasse.

The interview will be posted at the Shakespeare and Company page I administer on Facebook soon:


  1. Your post caused me to re-read Chapter 16 of Fitch's book. Entitled, "Storm Clouds," this chapter is short, but one of my all-time favorites because it ties together so many varied "Lost Generation" artists. I agree. "The Letters" is a fascinating read.

  2. I had to re-browse through "Storm Clouds" to re-familiarize myself, JJ. Such a host of characters! Those chapters allow me to feel like I'm right there on that street a long time ago.