Paul Bowles

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Birthday
30, 1910
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Nov 18, 1999 (88)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
30, 1910
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Nov 18, 1999 (88)

About

An American composer, translator, and author, he is best known for his 1949 novel, The Sheltering Sky, which is set in North Africa and explores the themes of alienation and existential despair. He also composed and recorded Moroccan music and music for the theater and published numerous short story collections and poetry volumes.

Before Fame

He attended the University of Virginia and later studied music with composer Aaron Copland.

Trivia

He lived in Tangier for the last fifty-two years of his life.

Family Life

He was the son of a New York City dentist. He married playwright Jane Auer in 1938.

Associated With

Gore Vidal called Bowles' short stories some of the best works of short fiction ever written by an American.