Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Nancy Woodbridge Beach was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and the family migrated to Paris in 1901 when Sylvia was fourteen years old. At the age of nineteen in 1906, she returned to America with her parents, but travelled back to Paris in 1918 to study French literature, where she met Adrienne Monnier. On 19 NovemberContinue reading “Shakespeare and Company Bookstore”

James Joyce

James Joyce. James Augusta Aloysius Joyce was born in Dublin, Ireland, on 2 February 1882, the eldest of ten children. He had already begun writing poems before studying English, French, and Italian at the University College Dublin in 1898, but he became more active in theatrical and literary societies during his university years. After graduatingContinue reading “James Joyce”

Apartment: 2 Avenue Saint-Philibert

After living in the 7th arrondissement, Joyce was disappointed at having to move to Passy, near the location of Ludmilla Bloch-Savitsky’s apartment. The Irish author Mary Colum said that it was not the cheeriest home. Joyce moved into 2 Avenue Saint-Philibert in the 16th arrondissement at the end of October 1931. The apartment was tooContinue reading “Apartment: 2 Avenue Saint-Philibert”

Apartment: 2 Square de Robiac

After renovations, the Joyce family moved into their new apartment at 2 Square de Robiac in the 7th arrondissement on 13 June 1925, just off the Rue de Grenelle. Renovations were ongoing and Joyce’s London sponsor Harriet Shaw Weaver, on holiday in Paris, was “shocked by the chaos.” But the apartment was spacious and inContinue reading “Apartment: 2 Square de Robiac”

Apartment: 8 Avenue Charles Floquet

James Joyce took a six-months lease back to an area where he lived – the Avenue Charles Floquet – not at number 26, but on the opposite end of the street. After returning from a long holiday in England, he retrieved his furniture that was stored in Sylvia Beach’s Shakespeare and Company bookstore. Joyce movedContinue reading “Apartment: 8 Avenue Charles Floquet”

Apartment: 26 Avenue Charles Floquet

After staying for four months at 71 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, the Joyce family returned to the hotel at 9 Rue de l’Université for a year from 1 October 1921 to 31 October 1922. On 1 November 1922, the Joyce family moved from the hotel into an apartment at 26 Avenue Charles Floquet, close toContinue reading “Apartment: 26 Avenue Charles Floquet”

Apartment: 71 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine

After the lease at 5 Boulevard Raspail expired, French poet Valery Larbaud, who announced to France that James Joyce was a ‘genius’ of literature, offered James Joyce his apartment, rent-free, while he was on vacation. This was timely, and the Joyce family accepted the kind offer. The Joyce family moved into the quiet, comfortable, andContinue reading “Apartment: 71 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine”

Apartment: 5 Boulevard Raspail

Finally, after five months in Paris, staying in the small hotel on Rue de l’Université and in Ludmilla Bloch-Savitsky’s servants’ quarters, Joyce signed a five-month lease for an apartment at 5 Boulevard Raspail in the 7th arrondissement. The luxurious apartment was in the Montparnasse district, halfway between two gardens: the Tuileries Garden across the RiverContinue reading “Apartment: 5 Boulevard Raspail”