We all know Frank Sinatra for his lyrics, his songs, his love of women and living large. But, did you know he also had a love of a bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, a small independent bookstore in Paris?
Ed Walters, a former pit boss at the Sands, in Las Vegas, who was taken under Sinatra’s wing in the 1960’s and offered this account of how much Sinatra actually talked about books:
What few Sinatra fans know is that he loved books, especially history books. He was in the casino at a 21 table, playing blackjack and talking with his friends. He told the guys, “I’m giving Eddie some books to educate him. He needs it.”
Ed Walters, Friend of Frank Sinatra
He asked about a book he’d given me, was I reading it. He said, “Eddie you must travel and when you do, go to Paris, go to the Shakespeare bookstore. I know the guy there… . Go see the guy George—he’s a guy that lives with the books.”
We suppose it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, after all, he also loved to write songs about love. And what better resource for a poet than to read books!
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