Sylvia Beach

Birth Name:
Nancy Woodbridge Beach
Birth Date:
March 14, 1887
Birth Place:
Baltimore, Maryland
Death Date:
October 5, 1962
Place of Death:
Paris, France
Cause of Death:
Natural causes
Cemetery Name:
Princeton Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Writers and Poets
In the 1920s and 1930s, Sylvia Beach owned and ran Shakespeare and Company, a Paris bookshop. The shop became the community center for "lost generation" intellectuals from Britain and America, including James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Stephen Spender, Djuna Barnes, Kay Boyle, Natalie Barney, Mina Loy, Margaret Anderson , and Gertrude Stein , as well as for prominent French writers like Paul Valéry, André Gide, and Paul Claudel. In 1959, Beach published her memoirs, Shakespeare and Company, a lively conversational account of the shop during the interwar years. She had a large collection of James Joyce's first editions, manuscripts and memorabilia, and as Joyce's reputation continued to grow—though he had died in 1940—Beach was approached by dozens of Joyce scholars for access to her collection.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Princeton Cemetery

29 Greenview Avenue

Princeton, New Jersey, 08542


North America


map of Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, New York

Grave Location:

Section 3A, Block 16, Lot 2, Grave 5

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery drive past the office on your right and take the first right. Going forward count 5 trees on the right and Sylvia Beach can be found to the right just 3 graves from the road.

Grave Location GPS

40.35477053, -74.65948607



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