Paul Bowles

Novelist, Author

1910 – 1999

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Who was Paul Bowles?

Paul Frederic Bowles was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator.

Following a cultured middle-class upbringing in New York City, during which he displayed a talent for music and writing, Bowles pursued his education at the University of Virginia before making various trips to Paris in the 1930s. He studied music with Aaron Copland, and in New York wrote music for various theatrical productions, as well as other compositions. He achieved critical and popular success with the publication in 1949 of his first novel The Sheltering Sky, set in what was known as French North Africa, which he had visited in 1931.

In 1947 Bowles settled in Tangier, Morocco, and his wife, Jane Bowles followed in 1948. Except for winters spent in Sri Lanka during the early 1950s, Tangier was his home for the remaining 52 years of his life.

Paul Bowles died in 1999 at the age of 88. His ashes are buried in Lakemont Cemetery in upstate New York.

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Born
Dec 30, 1910
Jamaica
Also known as
  • Paul Frederic Bowles
  • Bowles, Paul
Parents
Spouses
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Virginia
    (1928 - 1930)
Lived in
  • New York City
  • Queens
  • Tangier
    (1947 - 1999/11/18)
Died
Nov 18, 1999
Tangier

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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