George Whitman, 98, the American bibliophile whose iconic English-language Paris bookshop, CQ Shakespeare & Co., has been a haven for book lovers for more than half a century, died Wednesday 12/14, store officials announced. Mr. Whitman "died peacefully at home in the apartment above his bookshop," two months after a stroke, a Web posting said.
Nestled on the left bank of the Seine River, Shakespeare & Co. is a warren of books, stacked with volumes from floor to ceiling. Since its founding in 1951, the shop has been a beacon for writers and would-be writers, whom Mr. Whitman allowed to crash in the store in exchange for help around the shop. Boarders, browsers, and Mr. Whitman's beloved pets could be seen snoozing among the stacks.