Updated 5:54 pm, Friday, April 8, 2011
Esther Kramer, 93, of Westport, died April 2 at her home in Westport.
Born Oct. 21, 1917, in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Dinah and William Schlansky.
She was the owner of the Remarkable Book Shop, formerly on Main Street, which she ran from 1962 to 1994.
The store, which occupied a pink colonial house at the end of the street, was a social center for the town's many writers and avid readers, and was frequented by many of the town's well-known personalities, such as the actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The shop, which was adorned with rubber chickens, wooden monkeys and Left Bank bookstalls, was stocked with a full range of literature, sailing and employed a dozen women in the dawning of the age of feminism.
In 1978, Kramer made national news when she refused to sell Richard Nixon's autobiography. In a New York Times article, she said, "Not one copy will be ordered or sold in our store unless he's willing to sign a statement in advance giving all the proceeds to charity."
A program commemorating Kramer will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road.