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Publishing in the Twentieth Century

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Inside Shakespeare & Co


A nice slideshow in today's Guardian by Iain Stevenson, charting the rise of publishing, from pioneers like Allen Lane and Paul Hamlyn through to Tim Waterstone and Amazon.

The images include an amazing picture of a printing press in 1915, the first set of ten titles published by Penguin (in 1935), and an interior of Shakespeare & Company - where everyone from Anais Nin to William Burroughs hung out, and fledgling poets and artists worked and slept on flea-bitten couches in the cramped upstairs rooms during the second half of the Twentieth Century.

The bookstore now has a rather decent website, which features images and text from its copious archive, and there is even an advert offering work placements for students studying in Paris.

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