Curator's Talk: Published in Paris

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Please join us on Tuesday, March 27th in the Hall of Presidents and Chancellors for a curator’s talk by Morris Library's own David Bond. He will discuss his exhibit highlighting active publishing in Paris during the 1920’s beginning at 11:30.

During the nineteen-twenties, Paris was at the centre of literary modernism, and in the years after the Armistice nearly all the best-known young American writers spent at least some time there. The expatriate literary community revolved around the bookshops and cafes. Sylvia Beach’s Shakespeare & Company, in particular, became a meeting-place for older and younger modernists. With this community there developed also a series of literary magazines and small publishing houses, under whose imprints appeared many of the most famous modernist works, by James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and others.

The Special Collections Research Center presents a brief introduction to several of the major Paris imprints, through the works they have produced.  Part of the Rare Book collection, all are representative publications of nine small presses from the expatriate area, all at the forefront of literary modernism.  Included are items from:

  • Bob Brown and the Roving Eye Press
  • Gertrude Stein and Plain Editions
  • Harry and Caresse Crosby and The Black Sun Press
  • Jack Kahane and Obelisk Press
  • Nancy Cunard and The Hours Press
  • Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company
  • Edward W. Titus and The Black Manikin Press
  • Bill Bird and the Three Mountains Press
  • Robert McAlmon and Contact Publishing