SYLVIA BEACH & THE LOST GENERATION
By Noel Riley Fitch http://www.noelrileyfitch.com/
One hundred, two years ago, Sylvia Beach, owner of Shakespeare and Company, the first American lending library and bookshop in Paris, published the novel that changed modern fiction: James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Professor Fitch has interviewed more than 50 persons and corresponded with dozens more. Despite it being published in 1983, this book remains current and fills in the important gaps in Beach’s own memoirs, which are full of polite compliments and guarded half-truths.
We learn the strange details of Beach’s odyssey from a parsonage in Princeton, New Jersey to the Left Bank of Paris, the secret suicide of her mother, and the long intimate relationship between Beach and Adrienne Monnier. For the first time, author Fitch reveals the circumstances of the bitter break between Beach and Joyce.
THE LOST GENERATION GALLERY:
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|Djuna Barnes, American author and magazine contributor
|French author, Nobel Prize winner and almost daily visitor
to Sylvia Beach's Bookstore: Andre Gide
|Katherine Anne Porter
|American poet, author, Editor Ezra Pound in Paris
|English poet H.D. Bryher
|F. Scott Fitzgerald (above) British book publisher
Harriett Shaw Weaver (below)
|James Joyce wearing his grandfather's waistcoat, 1918
Photograph by Camille Ruf, Zurich.