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Thursday, December 15, 2011

George Whitman Remembered by Eddie Woods

I received the following missive from the poet and international litterateur Eddie Woods in Amsterdam this morning and have re-posted it with his permission:

Hey...

Anyone who manages to survive as long and wonderfully as George Whitman did,
surely deserves more than a mere RIP when they pass on.

George, the iconic proprietor of Paris’ legendary Shakespeare & Co. bookshop,
died yesterday just two days after celebrating his 98th birthday!

Here’s the Guardian’s obituary:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/dec/14/george-whitman-obituary

And for those of you who have not yet read it,
here is the story I wrote about my experiences with George,
as published in the online magazine Parisiana:
“A Place to Change Trains”
http://www.parisiana.com/node/125

Along with my condolences to his lovely daughter Sylvia,
and his very many close friends,
there’s nothing else to say other than:
Bon voyage, mon ami.
When the good Lord made thee,
he certainly did break the proverbial mold!

Salute!

EDDIE

Shakespeare & Co. website
http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/

Eddie Woods website
http://eddiewoods.nl/



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