Beach, Sylvia Woodbridge
Born: Mar 14, 1887 AD
Died: 1962 AD, at 75 years of age.
1887 - Born on March 14th in Baltimore, Md. A bookshop operator who became important in the literary life of Paris, particularly in the 1920s, when her shop was a gathering place for expatriate writers and a centre where French authors could pursue their newfound interest in American literature.
1901 - She accompanied her father, a Presbyterian clergyman, to Paris, where he served an American church.
1906 - Returned to New Jersey when her father became minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton.
1918 - She did volunteer relief work in France during World War I and served with the American Red Cross in Serbia.
1919 - Beach opened Shakespeare and Company, a bookshop on the Rue Dupuytren in the St.-Germain-des-Prés quarter of Paris.
1921 - Shakespeare and Company moved to 12 rue de l'Odéon, just across the street from Adrienne's Maison des Amis des Livres.
1922 - Beach published James Joyce's monumental Ulysses, segments of which had already been judged obscene in England and the United States and which had been rejected by several established publishers.
1927-1929 - She also published Joyce's Pomes Penyeach and Samuel Beckett's Our Exagmination Round His Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress.
1941 - Her shop remained a literary mecca until it closed during the German occupation of Paris.
1943 - Beach was interned by the Germans for several months.
1944 - Interned for six months during World War II. The shop was symbolically liberated by Ernest Hemingway in person but never re-opened.
1956 - Wrote Shakespeare and Company, a memoir of the inter-war years that details the cultural life of Paris at the time.
1959 - Her memoir, Shakespeare and Company, was published.
1962 - Died on October 5th in Paris, France.
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