Brentano's

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Brentano's
Industry Retail
Fate absorbed into Borders Group in the U.S.; liquidated in the U.S.
Founded 1853 (1853)
Founder(s) August Brentano
Headquarters Paris, France
Products Books, magazines, comic books, maps, calendars, paintings, stationery
Owner(s) Farock Sharifi
Website www.librairie-brentanos-paris.com

Brentano's was an American bookstore and had numerous locations in the United States,.[citation needed]

Brentano's became a part of the Waldenbooks subsidiary of Borders Group, Inc., an Ann Arbor, Michigan–based book and music retailer.

The Brentano's on Avenue de l'Opéra in Paris, at the same location since 1895, closed in 2009[1] but was bought and reopened in 2010 by Iranian businessman Farock Sharifi.[2]

History[edit]

Brentano's was founded as an independent bookstore in New York City in 1853 by August Brentano, who established a newsstand in front of the New York Hotel. From its headquarters at 586 Fifth Avenue, Brentano's became a publisher, with a specialization in French literature that led it to publish under the imprint "Éditions Brentano's" many titles by French writers in exile during the Vichy France period.

In 1985, Kmart's Waldenbooks subsidiary acquired Brentano's and nine years later, in 1994, Brentano's and its parent company Waldenbooks were merged into Kmart's other book subsidiary, Borders. Borders re-gained independence through a stock buyback in the mid-1990s to once again become an independent company known as Borders Group, Inc.; in 2011, Borders Group filed for bankruptcy and wound down operations, closing all remaining locations.

In popular culture[edit]

Brentano's was featured prominently in a few episodes of Seinfeld, most notably "The Bookstore", which aired on April 9, 1998.[3][citation needed]

Brentano's was also in the Redd Foxx movie Norman, Is That You?

Brentano's was mentioned in William Dean Howells' A Hazard of New Fortunes (1890, chapter 10), F. Scott Fitzgerald's in "Babylon Revisited",[4] Tender Is the Night (chapter XX), and This Side of Paradise (chapter 2).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosenberg, Susan; Alain Queval (15 June 2009). "Brentano's Paris To Finally Close". book2book/booktrade.info (Harpenden, Hertfordshire). 
  2. ^ "Paris American bookshop to reopen". RFI. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  3. ^ imdb.com
  4. ^ F. Scott Fitzgerald. Saturday Evening Post, 21 February 1931.

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