Paris Publishers of the 1920s

an exhibit for the American Literature Club
Thomas Cooper Library
September 1999

Text by Patrick Scott,
Associate University Librarian for Special Collections
Hypertext by Mila Tasseva


Shakespeare and Company
Three Mountains and Contact
Black Sun
Black Manikin and Obelisk
Sylvia Beach,
Adrienne Monnier,
Eliot, Joyce, Stein
McAlmon, Bird
Pound, Ford,
Hemingway
Crosby, Boyle, Joyce,
Editions Nacisse,
Crosby Continental
Titus, Nin, Lawrence,
Darantiere,
Neagoe, Porter

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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.
    This exhibit gives brief introductions to each of the major Paris imprints of the nineteen-twenties, with illustrations of their colophons (or logos) and of representative publications. It also indicates the way in which small publishers create distinctive communities of writers, with each publisher's imprint marking a slightly different literary ethos.

    Imprint Searching in USCAN
    This kind of study, linking groups of texts and authors by place, date or publisher's imprint, is facilitated by the key word searching and search delimiters in Thomas Cooper Library's on-line catalogue, USCAN. To limit a search to the imprint field, add .260. immediately after the place, publisher or date. the best searches will combine at least two search terms. For example, to find books in the USC library system published in Paris in 1922, enter:
    k paris.260. 1922.260.
To find special collections books only, add suca. for example, to find Special Collections books published in Paris by Edward W. Titus, enter:
    k paris.260.Titus.260. suca
To find Special Collections books published by Three Mountains Press, incorporate the link-term "adj" (for adjacent):
    k Three adj Mountains.260. suca
    For more information about USCAN



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