Dear Friends –

I’m writing to announce a new website tracking the development of “Mapping Expatriate Paris: The Shakespeare and Company Lending Library Project” [], a digital humanities project at Princeton.  MEP uses the Sylvia Beach Papers to illuminate the world of the Lost Generation.

I invite you to explore the site and to sign up for our mailing list to receive quarterly updates about the development of the project.  I also welcome feedback about the project and how it might aid your research or teaching.  Please share the link to the site with your colleagues. Here is a brief explanation of the site:

Mapping Expatriate Paris: The Shakespeare and Company Lending Library Project” (MEP) uses Sylvia Beach’s papers at Princeton University to recreate the world of the Lost Generation — the community of expatriate writers and artists in interwar Paris that included Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and James Joyce.  MEP analyzes the lending library’s membership records to reveal what its members read and where they lived.  MEP also captures how the expatriate community in Paris changed from the end of World War I through the German Occupation of France, and the community’s connections to French cultural life.