Travels : Collected Writings, 1950-1993 (Paperback)

Author: Bowles, Paul

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Inmore than forty essays and articles that range from Paris to Ceylon, Thailand to Kenya, and, of course, Morocco, the great twen-tieth-century American writer encapsulates his long and full life, and sheds light on his brilliant fiction. Whether he''s recalling the cold-water artists'' flats of Paris''s Left Bank or the sun-worshipping eccentrics of Tangier, Paul Bowles imbues every piece with a deep intelligence and the acute perspective of his rich experience of the world. Woven throughout are photographs from the renowned author''s private archive, which place him, his wife, the writer Jane Bowles, and their many friends and compatriots in the landscapes his essays bring so vividly to life.

With an introduction by Paul Theroux and a chronology by Daniel Halpern

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780062067630
SKU 220178676
Format Paperback
ISBN10 006206763X
Release Date 8/1/2011
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 6.25L x 1.5T
Author Info
Paul Bowles
Bowles had an improbable beginning: he was the son of a Long Island dentist, and had a childhood he described as relentlessly bourgeois. He graduated from the University of Virginia, traveled to Paris (where he met Gertrude Stein), and also studied music. Originally, he lived in New York, where he was a composer for the movies and wrote scores for ballet and an opera. He left the U.S. when he was in his 30s and lived abroad for the rest of his life, chiefly in Morocco. His wife, Jane (Auer) Bowles, was a writer and a lesbian; the two had a long, happy marriage, even though both were chronically involved with other people, until she suffered a debilitating stroke and died in Spain in 1973. Paul Bowles has written novels, short stories, and poetry. His novels are often about outsiders living in Arab cultures, and about loneliness and alienation. He has also written travel books, translations, and in 1972, an autobiography called WITHOUT STOPPING. Bowles refused to use either a telephone or a fax machine. He died of a heart attack at age 88 in Tangier. By his own wish, his ashes are buried in upstate New York, near the graves of his parents, even though he had often said he wanted to be buried among the animals at the pet cemetery in Tangier.
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"This new collection...reminds us that, in and out of Morocco, Bowles saw and heard a great deal and put it on paper, creating the same strong sense of place that won his fiction many admirers. These 41 pieces resonate with more empathy and humor than you might expect (Bowles on the perils of parrot ownership!) but also show the deadpan precision of a scientist pinning up dead butterflies."
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Editors Note Inmore than forty essays and articles that range from Paris to Ceylon, Thailand to Kenya, and, of course, Morocco, the great twen-tieth-century American writer encapsulates his long and full life, and sheds light on his brilliant fiction. Whether he’s recalling the cold-water artists’ flats of Paris’s Left Bank or the sun-worshipping eccentrics of Tangier, Paul Bowles imbues every piece with a deep intelligence and the acute perspective of his rich experience of the world. Woven throughout are photographs from the renowned author’s private archive, which place him, his wife, the writer Jane Bowles, and their many friends and compatriots in the landscapes his essays bring so vividly to life. With an introduction by Paul Theroux and a chronology by Daniel Halpern
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