Gertrude Stein. James Joyce. Ernest Hemingway. Aimé Césaire. Simone de Beauvoir. Walter Benjamin.

All these writers were members of the Shakespeare and Company lending library.

In 1919, an American named Sylvia Beach opened Shakespeare and Company, an English-language bookshop and lending library in Paris. It became the home away from home for a community of expatriate writers and artists now known as the Lost Generation. In 1922, she published James Joyce's Ulysses under the Shakespeare and Company imprint, a feat that made her—and her bookshop and lending library—famous around the world. In 1941, she preemptively closed Shakespeare and Company after refusing to sell her last copy of Joyce's Finnegans Wake to a Nazi officer.

The Shakespeare and Company Project uses the Beach Papers at Princeton University to recreate the world of the Lost Generation. Browse and search the lending library's members and books. Learn about joining the lending library. Discover the lending library's most popular books and authors. Download Project data. Explore.

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