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Paul Bowles: A Life

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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' brillianc
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Paperback, 428 pages
Published January 28th 2009 by Northwestern University Press (first published 2004)
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Greg
This biography, while it was informative, I was a little disappointed. I learnt some new information and facts, but this biography is so dry and perfunctory in the telling of what was an interesting life. The first half covers Bowles' early years and his music career as a composer. The second half is more interesting as it focuses on his writing.
Peadaar Morrissy
Loved it and I loved the music more, its great to read about great gay guys from the 40's 50's & 60's and then listen to their music whilst reading on youtube ....
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Virginia Spencer Carr (July 21, 1929 – April 10, 2012) was an award-winning biographer of Carson McCullers, John Dos Passos and Paul Bowles.

Carr was also a college professor for more than 25 years at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, and Georgia State University in Atlanta.
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