Sylvia Beach

Standard Name: Beach, Sylvia
Birth Name: Nancy Woodbridge Beach
Nickname: Sylvia
An American expatriate in Paris, SB played a key role in the emergence of literary modernism. She wrote important translations of landmark works of modernist literature, edited a collection of critical reviews and a retrospective anthology, and wrote a memoir about her life as the owner of the Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company . Before becoming a bookseller, she had aspirations of becoming a war journalist, but only one of her essays was published.
Black and white photograph of Sylvia Beach, seated at a desk, with a bookshelf behind her. She is turned, looking off to the side, and she is wearing a plain black dress with a white collar.
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Friends, Associates Anna Wickham
In ParisAW also met Sylvia Beach and Djuna Barnes , among others.
Hepburn, James, and Anna Wickham. “Preface”. The Writings of Anna Wickham, Free Woman and Poet, edited by Reginald Donald Smith and Reginald Donald Smith, Virago Press, 1984, p. xix - xxiii.
A brief encounter with Ezra Pound inspired the poem Song to Amidon.
Wickham, Anna. “Introduction”. Selected Poems, edited by David Garnett, Chatto and Windus, 1971, pp. 7-11.
Wickham also had a long-lasting friendship with Nina Hamnett .
Occupation Harriet Shaw Weaver
The Egoist was unable to print any more of the book, and after the journal closed in December 1919 HSW concentrated on volume publication. However, the prosecution of The Little Review for serializing Ulysses in...
Occupation Harriet Shaw Weaver
Because of seizures of shipments of orders from the United States, HSW decided to come out with a third edition of five hundred, to replace the seized books. She attempted to smuggle these books...
Author summary James Joyce
Irish exile JJ , hailed by Yeats as a new kind of novelist even before his first novel was published, became one of the leading practitioners of modernism. As well as poems, a play, and...
Publishing Samuel Beckett
This was published by Sylvia Beach 's Shakespeare and Company at Paris, and has been several times reprinted.
Publishing Bryher
In her second memoir, Bryher recalls conceiving this war text in October 1940, when she saw a large plaster bulldog
Bryher,. The Days of Mars. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1972.
placed on guard beside a pile of rubble after a heavy air raid on...
Residence Dorothy Richardson
It was also here that Richardson made her earliest efforts at longer fiction. Replying in December 1934 to a request for information about herself from her friend Sylvia Beach , she wrote that Pilgrimage was...
Textual Production Dorothy Richardson
The volume contains a selection of Richardson's approximately 1,800 surviving letters, dated from 1901. It includes her personal and professional letters to such correspondents as Bryher , H. D. , Sylvia Beach , Amy Catherine (Jane)
Textual Production Bryher
Bryher 's Paris 1900, a booklet on her childhood visit to the World Exhibition in that city that year, was published. Drafted in English, it was translated into French and distributed by Sylvia Beach
Textual Production Christina Stead
She had begun the manuscript five and half years before the book was published.
Rowley, Hazel. Christina Stead: A Biography. Secker and Warburg, 1995.
Her partner Bill Blech (not yet accustomed to her lengthy and agonising reworkings) observed that if she live[d] to the...
Textual Production Gertrude Stein
GS began her period of portraiture around 1908. Her portraits resembled biographical sketches but they were usually more impressionistic than factual.She thought that this genre allowed her to capture the immediacy of characters and to...
Textual Production Dora Marsden
This journal had an auspicious beginning: Marsden announced in January that it would serialize James Joyce 's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Marsden played an important role in Joyce's early...
Textual Production Dora Marsden
From 1920 DM lived in intellectual and social isolation in a small Lake District cottage, concerned almost exclusively with her philosophical reading and writing. Her only regular company was her mother; Harriet Shaw Weaver sometimes...
Textual Production Jeanette Winterson
Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, culled from the archives of Sylvia Beach 's famous bookshop in Paris and edited by Krista Halverson , was...
Textual Production Dora Marsden
Formerly stored in a wicker trunk at the home of her niece Elaine Dyson Bate, DM 's papers are now at Princeton University . Her collection contains manuscripts, papers, and letters to and from Rebecca West


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