A distant episode: the selected stories

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Ecco Press, 1988 - Fiction - 352 pages
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A compilation of Bowles's best short fiction, by the author himself. An American cult figure, Bowles has fascinated such disparate talents as Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, Truman Capote, William S. Burroughs, Gore Vidal, and Jay McInerney.

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A noted composer and novelist, Bowles has won widest acclaim for his short stories. The selection he has made here stretches from The Delicate Prey ( LJ 11/15/50) through Unwelcome Words (Tombouctou ... Read full review


Preface by the Author
Call at Corazon
The Circular Valley

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About the author (1988)

Paul Bowles was born in Queens, New York, in 1910. He began his travels as a teenager, setting off for Paris, telling no one of his plans. In 1930 he visited Morocco for the first time, with Aaron Copland, with whom he was studying music. His early reputation was as a composer and he wrote the scores for several Tennessee Williams plays. Bowles married the writer Jane Auer in 1938, and after the war the couple settled in Tangier. In Morocco Bowles turned principally to fiction. "The Sheltering Sky"?inspired by his travels in the Sahara?was a "New York Times" bestseller in 1950, and has gone on to sell more than 250,000 copies. It was followed by three further novels, numerous short stories, nonfiction, and translations. Bowles died in Tangier in 1999.

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