George Whitman, the owner of Shakespeare and Company recently died on December 14th 2011. RIP Mr Whitman (12 December 1913 – 14 December 2011).
Shakespeare & Co can be found at 37 rue de la Bûcherie, in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, France. It was opened 1951 by George Whitman and was originally named “Le Mistral” but renamed to “Shakespeare and Company” in 1964, in tribute to the original bookstore which closed in 1941 during the German occupation of Paris. From the very first night Whitman allowed travellers, young writers, poets and artists to lodge in exchange for a hand in cleaning the shop, building shelves and selling books. The shop was featured in the Richard Linklater film Before Sunset and in the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris and it a very popular tourist destination for book lovers. Hopefully one day I will get to visit it…..
I love this quote. It’s from the Edgar Allan Poe story called The Cask of Amontillado.
The story is set in an Italian city, most likely during the 18th century (the exact date is unknown) and is about Montresor’s deadly revenge on his friend Fortunato, whom Montresor believes has insulted him. Like several of Poe’s stories, and in keeping with the 19th-century fascination with the subject, the narrative revolves around a person being buried alive—in this case, by being walled up within a niche and left to die from starvation or dehydration. A very deep, dark tale in keeping with Poe’s usual style, of which I am a big fan. In fact, at some stage I intend to have this quote tattooed onto my body. it’s just working out where – but that will be a story for another time…