Sylvia Beach: Hemingway’s Most Impassioned Supporter
Ernest Hemingway arrived in Paris with his first wife, Hadley, in the winter of 1921. Soon after, he befriended several influential expatriate writers and artists including Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. However, he did not nurture these relationships; instead he had a knack for destroying them. But there was one friendship that lasted forty years; his relationship with Shakespeare and Company bookshop owner Sylvia Beach. This essay explores why Sylvia Beach was so important to Ernest Hemingway, supporting all of his works, and never judging him when he moved on to another wife. In addition, this examination reveals why Hemingway reciprocated in their relationship—an atypical action for the author from Oak Park, Illinois.