Ernest Hemingway & Sylvia Beach: Paris 1944

“ They closed me down, Hemingway, closed Shakespeare and Company down. How dare they, how dare they?”

Image: La Société historique du VIe arrondissement

A few days after that meeting with Picasso, and after an early breakfast in Hemingway’s room at the Ritz, Ernest and Mary headed toward the Luxembourg Gardens where they enjoyed listening to a French military band play a selection from Carmen. Then, after a coffee in the small café under…