Paul Bowles (December 30, 1910 - November 18, 1999)
Born: 30th December, 1910
Died: 18th November, 1999
Nationality: American
Profession/Occupation: Composer
Region: New York City, New York, Tangier, Morocco
Notable works: "The Sheltering Sky"

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Paul Bowles, in full Paul Frederic Bowles, (born December 30, 1910, New York, New York, U.S.--died November 18, 1999, Tangier, Morocco), American-born composer, translator, and author of novels and short stories in which violent events and psychological collapse are recounted in a detached and elegant style. His protagonists are often Europeans or Americans who are maimed by their contact with powerful traditional cultures.

Bowles began publishing Surrealist poetry in the Parisian magazine transition at the age of 16. After briefly attending the University of Virginia, he traveled to Paris, where his interests turned to music. In 1929 he returned to New York and began studying musical composition under Aaron Copland. Bowles became a sought-after composer, writing music for more than 30 theatrical productions and films. During this time, he also became a member of the loose society of literary expatriates in Europe and North Africa and started writing short stories. In 1947 he and his wife, writer Jane Bowles, settled in Tangier, Morocco, a city that became his most potent source of inspiration. There, he wrote his first novel, The Sheltering Sky (1949; film, 1990), a harsh tale of death, rape, and sexual obsession. It became a best-seller and made Bowles a leading figure in the city's expatriate artistic community.

Bowles's later novels include Let It Come Down (1952), The Spider's House (1955), and Up Above the World (1966). His Collected Stories, 1939-1976 (1979) and his subsequent short-story collections, which include Midnight Mass (1981) and Call at Corazon (1988), also depict human depravity amid exotic settings. Bowles recorded Moroccan folk music for the U.S. Library of Congress, wrote travel essays, translated works from several European and Middle Eastern languages into English, and recorded and translated oral tales from Maghribi Arabic into English. Without Stopping (1972) and Two Years Beside the Strait: Tangier Journal 1987-1989 (1990; U.S. title, Days) are autobiographical.

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Morocco, its physical terra firma, citizens and culture, has titillated foreigners long times earlier, even prior to the colonial time. Many travellers, authors and anthropologists like Edith Wharton, Paul Bowles, Clifford Geertz, yet others have made of Moroccan customs and civilization the key themes with their catalogs. Amid the american industrial uprising under the patronage of the imperial inclination, cavalcades of european writers and film makers have portrayed Morocco based on the colonialist requirements and wants of the period. The Anglo-American literary and mediatic..
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