Sylvia Beach


Born: March 14, 1887 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Died: October 4, 1962 in Paris, France

Family: Adrienne Monnier (suspected partner)

Biography:  Born in Baltimore, Beach moved to Paris in 1901 along with her family after her father was moved to France as a Presbyterian minister.  In 1919, Beach opened Shakespeare and Co., a bookstore/borrowing library and in 1922 Beach published James Joyce’s Ulysses.  Beach continued to live and work in Paris during World War II and until her death in 1962.


  • Shakespeare and Company
  • “The Letters of Sylvia Beach” edited by Keri Walsh

Works Cited

Garner, Dwight.  “Ex-Pat Paris as It Sizzled for One Literary Lioness.”  The New York Times Online.  18 April 2010  <;.

“Sylvia Beach, bookstore owner and publisher of Ulysses, is born.”  This Day in History.  March 14.  <;.

“Sylvia Beach–Life Stories, Books, and Links.”  Today in Literature.  <;.


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