Paul Bowles

A Life
 
 
Scribner (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 9. November 2004
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  • 432 Seiten
 
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978-0-7432-7350-3 (ISBN)
 
Paul Bowles, best known for his classic 1949 novel, The Sheltering Sky, is one of the most compelling yet elusive figures of twentieth-century American counterculture. In this definitive biography, Virginia Spencer Carr has captured Bowles in his many guises: gifted composer, expatriate novelist, and gay icon, to name only a few. Born in New York in 1910, Bowles' brilliance was evident from early childhood. His first artistic interest was music, which he studied with the composer Aaron Copland. Bowles wrote scores for films and countless plays, including pieces by Tennessee Williams and Orson Welles. Over the course of his life, his intellectual pursuits led him around the world. He cultivated a circle of artistic friends that included Gertrude Stein, W.H. Auden, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Allen Ginsburg, William Burroughs, Stephen Spender, and Carson McCullers. Just as fascinating for his flamboyant personality as for his literary success, Bowles' leftist politics and experimentation with drugs make him an ever-controversial character. Carr delves into Bowles' unconventional marriage to Jane Auer and his self-exile in Morocco. Close friends with him before his death in 1999, Carr's first-hand knowledge of Bowles is undeniable. This book encompasses her personal experiences plus ten years of research and interviews with some two hundred of Bowles' acquaintances. Virginia Spencer Carr has written a riveting biography that tells not only the story of Paul Bowles' literary genius, but also of a crucial period of redefinition in American culture. Carr is simultaneously entertaining and precise, delivering a wealth of information on one of the most mythologized figures of mid-century literature.
  • Englisch
  • New York
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  • USA
Simon + Schuster Inc.
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978-0-7432-7350-3 (9780743273503)
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Virginia Spencer Carr
  • Cover Page
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • CONTENTS
  • A FEW WORDS BEFORE
  • The Early Childhood of Paul Bowles
  • Bowles's Move to a New Neighborhood and His Discovery of the Arts
  • Paul Bowles a Runaway to Paris
  • Bowles's Return to Europe
  • A Lovesick Bowles in Algeria Disillusionment Estrangement and Success in New York
  • Paul Bowles Meets Jane Auer They Fall in Love and Marry
  • Paul and Jane in Acapulco Where They Meet Tennessee Williams
  • Writing Music Reviews Music for Broadway Fiction and Translations
  • Bowles's Departure for Morocco and Return to New York to Compose Music for A Streetcar Named Desire and Summer and Smoke
  • Bowles Returns to the Desert with Jane and They Renew Their Dedication to Writing
  • Mishaps Chance Intervention of Fate and Jane's Elusive Third Act of In the Summer House
  • Burroughs in Tangier and Bowles's Several Visits to His Island off Ceylon
  • Bowles Records Indigenous Music Translates and Survives as Best He Can
  • Six Years of Abject Sadness
  • Without Jane
  • Coda
  • ADDITIONAL ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  • CHRONOLOGY OF THE LIFE OF PAUL FREDERIC BOWLES
  • NOTES
  • INDEX
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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