Shakespeare & Company

By John Affleck

For Ernest Hemingway, the walk from his Latin Quarter flat to Gertrude Stein's pavillon at 27, rue des Fleurs, would have been a pleasant one: down rue Moufftard until a left on rue Clovis took him past St. Etienne du Montno Notre Dame, but the sort of neighborhood church where you might stop and cross yourself if you were drunk and it was late and you were on your way home to your wife. Then he'd be in Place du Pantheon, "windswept" he calls it in A Moveable Feast, its cobblestoned emptiness funneling into Rue Soufflot, a wide, short street full of Sorbonne students minglin...

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