In Touch

In Touch

The Letters of Paul Bowles

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
A collection of Bowles' correspondence discusses his attempts to record primitive Moroccan music, nature and the craft of writing, the Beat writers, living in North Africa, and other topics

Blackwell North Amer
In Touch is an extraordinary collection of correspondence spanning eight decades from the bestselling author of The Sheltering Sky. Selected by Bowles's bibliographer from more than 7,000 letters, In Touch provides an evolving portrait of an artist renowned for his privacy. Yet Bowles was an indefatigable correspondent, and his letters offer a rare look at the many aspects of his brilliant career - as composer, novelist, short-story master, travel writer, translator, ethnographer, and literary critic.
From his earliest extant letter, written at the age of four, to his precocious effusions to Aaron Copland and to Gertrude Stein; from his meditations on mescaline as relayed to Ned Rorem, to his intensely moving letters to Jane Bowles during her illness. In Touch fills in the lacunae left by previous biographers and by Bowles's own memoir and journal.
Here is Bowles on the genesis of his first novel, The Sheltering Sky; on his distaste for Western melodies and his dogged attempts to record indigenous Moroccan music; on the Beats, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, and Tennessee Williams; on the nature and craft of writing; on Bernardo Bertolucci, David Byrne, and Sting; on the decline of America and the challenges of living in North Africa. Gossipy, reflective, enlightening, and always entertaining, In Touch stands as an epistolary autobiography of one of the legendary writers of our time, and a unique chronicle of the twentieth-century avant-garde.

Baker
& Taylor

A collection of correspondence from the author of The Sheltering Sky discusses his attempts to record primitive Moroccan music, nature and the craft of writing, the Beat writers, living in North Africa, and other topics.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, [1994]
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9780374185107
0374185107
Branch Call Number: 813x BOWLE
Characteristics: xx, 604 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Miller, Jeffrey 1943-

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