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RIP George Whitman

I’ve just read that George Whitman, the Paris-based American owner of Shakespeare and Co, has died aged 98.

I  met George when I was 18 and a recently arrived backpacker in the city in the late 80s. It was 10:30am, he gave me a glass of whiskey and told me about knowing Henry Miller back in the day, and Samuel Beckett – who was still alive. It was my first taste of the expat bohemian life – and I shall always be in his debt for this introduction.

The shop has been run by his daughter, Sylvia, for some years and still reflects George’s generous and bohemian spirit. If you are in Paris, be sure to call in.

Thanks for the moment, GW! Shine on above the Seine.