How I would have loved being a bookseller in the golden era! Of course it was a man’s game, but Belle played with the best of them and so did Madge Jenisen who owned Sunwise Turn and the incomparable Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine Stern, who discovered a long-lost manuscript penned by Louisa May Alcott. Actually men still dominate today at the antiquarian shows, but I don’t care a whit. It has nothing to do with me or what I’m trying to accomplish and they have been more than welcoming anyway. Besides, we're all shouldering the same changes, problems, and concerns for the future.
Time Was Soft There, A Paris Sojourn At Shakespeare & Co, Jeremy Mercer.; Picador, 2005