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Saturday, March 15, 2014

2014[11]A -- Ins-Net As for Mar 14, 2014_Mixed Bag -- #07: Who's Who -- Sylvia Beach [ B - B - B ]

Insomniac-Net ANSWERS -- Friday[10], Mar 14, 2014 [ B - B - B ]
Tonight's Topic: "Mixed Bag of 3 Trivia Questions -- #07: Who's Who -- Sylvia Beach"
Answers = B - B - B 
   Good morning/evening, everybody! Thank you for joining us last night.
    We hope you discovered something interesting during the time we spent together on the Insomniac Net last night.
      -- The ever-delightful Shelley [KF7TBA] and LW [K7LWA]

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     For tonight's Net, we have selected 3 Trivia questions about Sylvia Beach, whose was born on this day -- March 14, 1887.
        How much do you know about this famous, literary woman?
    Please give us your best answers from any of the 3 (reuseable) answers of "A", "B", or "C" (if applicable!) for each question.  
      ++ "Mixed Bag of 3 Trivia Questions -- #07: Who's Who -- Sylvia Beach" ++
Question #1: Who was Sylvia Beach?
        A. Married to the British poet, Ted Hughes, she was an American writer who belonged to the Confessional poetry (i.e., the poetry of the personal or "I." style) movement, or
        B. As an American living in Paris, Sylvia started her own bookstore in 1919, called Shakespeare and Company -- specialized in modern literature, and catered to the growing number of English speaking readers in Paris, or
        C. Sylvia [KF7UHM] checks in with Jessica [KF7UHK] regularly on the Insomniac-Net.
Sylvia Beach's bookstore became a mecca for many ex-patriot American writers during the 1920s -- most of whom could only speak and write in English.
Literary Magazines were flourishing and writers such as TS Elliot, James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, and Ernest Hemingway were finding new audiences. (1a)
Opened in 1919, Beach’s store moved to 12 rue de l’Odéon in 1921, where it became the center of Anglo-American literary life in Paris, a favorite haunt of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce and many others. Forced to close the store during World War II, Beach never reopened it.
More details about the milieu at and around Shakespeare and Company and 1920s Paris, see this article (1b)

        Question #2: Why was Sylvia Beach famous in literary circles?
        A. She became famous only after her death with the publication of her semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, and her collection of poetry, Ariel, or
        B. She became famous in 1921 for risking her own money and reputation by publishing James Joyce’s novel Ulysses -- which was declared too pornographic to be published, or
        C. Sylvia [KF7UHM] and Jessica [KF7UHK] like sailing, music & laser light shows, and traveling.
For all the help she gave Joyce, Sylvia Beach received very little from Joyce (2a)
To view a copy of James Joyce's Ulysses on line, use the link below 

Question #3: How did Sylvia Beach die?
        A. After her husband left her and their two children, the last thing she wrote was a note she gave to her downstairs neighbor instructing him to call the doctor, and then she committed suicide using her gas oven, or
        B. Although her bookstore was closed in 1941 during the German occupation of Paris, she lived nearby until she died in 1962 at the age of 75 from apparent heart failure.
        C. Sylvia [KF7UHM] and Jessica [KF7UHK] are alive and well and should be checking in during our Net tonight.
The bookstore never opened again, but Sylvia stayed in Paris until her death on October 5, 1962.  She died in her small upstairs apartment in rue de l’Odean, the street where she had lived most of her life, where she had watched the twentieth century unfold, and where she found “her three great loves”: Adrienne Monnier, Shakespeare and Company, and James Joyce.  She was 75 years old.(3)
[LW's Notes]

Many more people usually recognize the author Sylvia Plath than they do the Parisian bookstore owner Sylvia Beach.

In fact, Plath's fame primarily came from her semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, being published after she killed herself.
All the information in the Answers "A"s is factual, but just not relevant to our Who's Who topic of Sylvia Beach.
LW included both Sylvias in a vain hope to confuse your answers. He even sacrificed the only person he knows named Sylvia [KF7UHM] into the mix.
But why?
Because in 3 months, the 110th anniversary of  "Bloomsday" (named by Sylvia Beach) will occur. This is the day depicted in Joyce's Ulysses: June 16, 1904 in and around Dublin, Ireland.  And hopefully, LW will finally finished reading this book which he started as a sophomore in college!!!!
 [SOURCE: LW's Super-Secret Treasure Trove of Trivia]
For general information about Sylvia Plath, please see the following sources:
++ QUOTE(s) OF THE DAY ++  
        -- Molly Bloom in James Joyce Ulysses:
         "no thats no way for him has he no manners nor no refinement nor no nothing in his nature...." PLUS the other 4,372 words in this last sentence of the book.

 [SOURCE: see Links below]
Molly Bloom’s Soliloquy
According to Dr Lucia Boldrini, Lecturer in English Literature at Goldsmiths College, London, the longest of the eight sentences in Molly's monologue is 4,391 words (22,000 words total).
Longest English sentence -- 4,391 words - The last section of James Joyce's Ulysses, Molly Bloom's soliloquy
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