Sunday, June 08, 2008

A Good Day at Work for Ms. Beach

The first Frenchman to purchase a copy
of Ulysses was Andre Gide. (Actually, by
purchase, I mean fill in an order blank at
Shakespeare and Co to receive a copy of
the book when it arrived. )

The first American: Ernest Hemingway,
one of Sylvia Beach’s best customers.

Later that same day, Ezra Pound personally
delivered a subscription blank filled in
by W.B. Yeats and put in his order.

Imagine Andre Gide, Ernest Hemingway
and Ezra Pound all coming in your book-
store on the same day. That’s what I call
a good day at work.

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