Paul Bowles

(1910—1999) American writer and composer

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American writer, born in New York, who married Jane Auer (see above) in 1938. In 1948 they went to Tangier, where they lived intermittently for the rest of their lives, and where they became familiar landmarks in the expatriate gay community, and points of call for many literary visitors in search of the exotic. His works, most of which are set in Morocco, include The Sheltering Sky (1949), ‘an adventure story in which the adventures take place on two planes simultaneously: in the actual desert and in the inner desert of the spirit’; Let it Come Down (1952) about the disintegration of bank clerk Nelson Dyer in Tangier; The Spider's House (1955), set in Fez; and Up Above the World (1966), which follows a doomed American couple in central America. Without Stopping (1972) is an autobiography.

Subjects: Literature.

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