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Shakespeare and Company Project

The Shakespeare and Company Project demystifies the lending library launched by Sylvia Beach in 20th century Paris. Known as a refuge for writers and other creatives deemed "the Lost Generation," this writing hub quickly became world-famous. After thriving for a couple of decades, Beach preemptively closed the company following an incident where she refused to sell a book to a Nazi officer. Now, staff at Princeton University are digging into records that recreate Beach's world and share the company's story. The project's various components invite visitors to explore more than 6,000 books, read research (e.g., essays exploring gender and sexual expression and analyzing lending records), and browse membership logs. The project is led by Director Joshua Kotin (also an Associate Professor in Princeton's Department of English) and supported by The Center for Digital Humanities and the Humanities Council, among other funding partners. Readers will want to check the site often, as it is a work-in-progress. Updates are also available on the project's Twitter (@ShakesCoProject) and Instagram (@shakespeareandcoproject).
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2021-03-16 17:55:38
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