On 47th Street, just west of Fifth Avenue, stands the Gotham Book Mart. It is a store that book lovers have haunted since 1920 when Frances Steloff founded it with $100, thirty books and an unquenchable desire to help promote the then-fledgling writers James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein and e.e. cummings. Over the years the Gotham has been home for innumerable others, including Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Dylan Thomas and Marianne Moore. Frances Steloff, a remarkable woman who turns 100 this year, still occupies herself with the shop. Deborah Dickson’s film makes clear that within the quiet, modest facade lives a magical spirit.
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