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Paul Bowles Biography
Paul Bowles is best known as the expatriate author of the 1949 novel The Sheltering Sky, and is a literary icon for his connections with legendary 20th century artists such as Gertrude Stein, Tennessee Williams, Orson Welles, Aaron Copland and William S. Burroughs. After visiting Europe and Northern Africa in the early 1930s, Bowles worked in New York as a composer and music critic. In 1938 he married acclaimed writer Jane Auer (later Jane Bowles), and in 1947 he moved to Morocco, where he began writing. The Sheltering Sky was a critical and commercial success, and Bowles secured a place for himself as an outsider and an astute observer of the differences between cultures. His other works include The Spider’s House (1955), A Life Full of Holes (1964) and an autobiography, Without Stopping (1972).
Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci made a film version of The Sheltering Sky (1990), starring Debra Winger and John Malkovich.
Something in Common with Paul Bowles
- Composers born in New York (12)
- Musicians born in New York (67)
- Musicians born in the United States (414)
- Capricorn Musicians (48)
4 Good Links
- Essential resource for Bowles fans and students
- One woman's account of meeting him in Morocco in 1995
- 1998 interview with an aging Bowles
- Tribute with some photos, an obituary and audio excerpts