from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Beach, Alfred Ely 1826-1896. American editor and inventor who built a demonstration pneumatic subway under Broadway in New York City in 1870.
  • Beach, Amy Marcey Cheney 1867-1944. American pianist and composer best known for her songs and chamber music. Her Mass in E flat major was the first work by a woman to be performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
  • Beach, Moses Yale 1800-1868. American publisher whose aggressive journalism established the New York Sun as a leading daily newspaper. He is also credited with publishing the first syndicated news story. His son Moses Sperry Beach (1822-1892) invented a cutting device that allowed printing on a continuous roll of paper and a process for printing both sides of a newspaper sheet at one time.
  • Beach, Sylvia Woodbridge 1887-1962. American bookseller. From 1919 to 1941 her shop in Paris, Shakespeare and Company, was a gathering place for authors such as Hemingway and Fitzgerald. She published the first edition of James Joyce's Ulysses in 1922.


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