1 Kataxe

The Rag And Bone Shop Essay About Myself

With a wealth of archival documents and photographs from Whitman’s collection, and first-hand accounts of encounters and stays at the shop by visitors and residents specifically collected for this publication, the book is a memoir of a place with a magical and warm personality all its own. (Liberty N. Megan Hyperallergic)

Even if you have never entered Shakespeare and Company, this book evokes redolent mustiness, the creaking and crinking of readers shifting in their chairs, the sound of iconic authors turning pages as they read to a rapt audience. It is the familiarity of imagination transporting you to times and places you may or may not have been, and in doing so a sense of this place’s personality becomes undeniably present, so much so that you might feel you were there too when Italo Calvino and Pablo Neruda drank wine from empty tuna tins. (Buzz Poole Lithub)

An English-language bookshop founded by George Whitman on the banks of the Seine in Paris has been hosting writers and selling the occasional book for 65 years. Krista Halverson explores the history of a countercultural institution and the legacy of Sylvia Beach. (The Guardian)

...affectionate tribute...makes you long to live la vie bohème in Paris. (Newsday)

...the biography reads like a multi-faceted oral history and is told in many layers: colored photographs, tumbleweed biographies, recountings from former employees and writers-in-residence. The story it tells is as varied, unique, and romantic as the shop is. (Kelsey Ford The Millions)

With a community over 65 years old comes a great history and an even greater archive... Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart not only examines the bookstore's presence within the city over time, but features works by acclaimed artists associated with the site, like Allen Ginsberg, Anaïs Nin, Ethan Hawke, Robert Stone and Jeanette Winterson, among others. (Michael Valinsky OUT Magazine)

Shakespeare and Company, the small, crumbling bookshop on Paris's Left Bank, may be the most famous bookstore in the world... Conceived as a 'memoir' instead of a history, the project is essentially a rigorous attempt to explain what, exactly, Shakespeare and Company is. (James McAuley Washington Post)

Drawing on never-before-seen archives, it's the first book to share the full story of the legendary shop founded by Whitman's late father, George, an American expat, in 1951. A decade-by-decade narrative is interwoven with photographs, newspaper articles, poems, diary entries, and reminiscences by Allen Ginsberg, Anaïs Nin, Ian Rankin, Ethan Hawke, and others who have crossed the threshold of this literary landmark. (Shannon McKenna Schmidt Shelf Awareness)

To call Shakespeare and Company a bookstore doesn't do it justice. The Paris landmark is a literary salon and an unconventional hotel where guests, called Tumbleweeds, help run the shop. Now the English-language bookstore has published its first title. Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart, a glorious volume thick with old photographs, newspaper clippings, and reminiscences. Many celebrated writers including James Baldwin, Allen Ginsberg, and Anais Nin considered the shop their home away from home. (Jan Gardner Boston Globe)

A new history on one of the world's great bookshops. (Lithub)

Read more


One of the primary themes in the novel is greed. Greed represents itself in a couple of different ways throughout the novel. First, greed shows in the bullying that Bobo Kelton does to his classmates. Bobo's greed is his need to show that he is superior and stronger than his fellow classmates, including the girl he gropes in the hall and Jason Dorrant, who Bobo attacks in the school cafeteria.

The biggest show of greed comes from Trent, the interrogation officer. Trent has a need, urge and desire to maintain his 100 percent confession rate, no matter what the cost is to the confessors. All Trent seems to care about is getting away from the police station where he is currently employed and furthering his own career. While it is not clear that Trent has acted greedily in his previous cases, it is evident that he does so with...

(read more)

This section contains 547 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)

View a FREE sample

Leave a Comment


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *