Without Stopping: An Autobiography An Autobiography (Paperback)
|Author: Paul Bowles|
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Paul Bowles, the acclalmed author of "The Shelterlng Sky," offers movlng, powerful, subtle, and fasclnatlng lnslghts lnto hls llfe, hls wrltlng, and hls world.
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.