Not exactly the bookstore you expect to find on the Left Bank in the shadow of Notre Dame but there it is — old, crowded, dusty, musty, crammed floor-to-ceiling with books and haunted by history and the footsteps of the greats. The original institution — a book shop as well as library, publisher and boarding house for struggling writers — closed during World War II because the owner refused to do business with Nazi occupiers. In 1951, Shakespeare reopened in a boarded-up grocery store, continuing the practice of welcoming browsers and providing free work space, food and even beds to a new crop of aspiring writers. “Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise” reads a large sign over one of the inner doorways. Shakespeare sells both new and second-hand books in a deceptively spacious setting that harkens to another era.
Image Credits: Outside View — (Flickr) Photo by John Pardolta | Inside View — Photo by Books in Brief