Shakespeare & Company
The history of Shakespeare & Company is more than just that of a bookstore. George Whitman founded the Paris bookstore in 1951 with the name Le Mistral, but changed the name in1964 after becoming inspired by bookseller Sylvia Beach, the woman who operated the first Shakespeare & Company. Whitman had traveled the world, at times facing hunger and thirst for days on end, finally finding hospitality in locals. His experiences shaped his store's philosophy, and for decades it has been, as the store’s website puts it, "a home-away-from-home for many thousands of writers and visitors from around the world."