When bookish young American Sylvia Beach opens Shakespeare and Company on a quiet street in Paris in 1919, she has no idea that she and her new bookstore will change the course of literature itself.
Prominent writers such as Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, and F. Scott Fitzgerald considered the store a second home. When Joyce's controversial novel Ulysses was a banned, Beach took a massive risk and published it under the auspices of Shakespeare and Company. WWII and the Great Depression brought painful personal and financial crises, leaving Sylvia -- a woman who has made it her mission to honor the life-changing impact of books --to decide what Shakespeare and Company truly means to her.
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