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PAUL BOWLES, 1910 - 1999
|As one might expect from an author who was such
an inveterate traveler, Paul Bowles was an accomplished travel writer.
Like many authors, Bowles used the commissions he received from his travel
writing to fund his travel to exotic locales, such as India, Ceylon, Thailand,
and North Africa. Bowles
wrote travel essays for such conventional magazines as Esquire,
Gentleman's Quarterly, Holiday, and Harper's Magazine,
but he also wrote essays with a historical or political slant for
The Nation, and his travel writing appeared in literary magazines
such as American Mercury, Zero, and The London Magazine.
But even in his most seemingly-conventional essays for popular magazines,
Bowles explored the cultural differences and often humorous or even violent
interactions between Westerners in the post-colonial world and the inhabitants
of the Third World countries he visited. A substantial selection of Bowles's
published travel essays was collected in Their Heads Are Green and
Their Hands Are Blue (1963). It is interesting to note that Bowles,
in several later projects, generously contributed text or introductions
to the work of photographers who shared his sense of discovery with a
Paul Bowles's papers include substantial materials documenting his travels and his travel writing. Copies of many of the magazines and journals in which his essays first appeared are present. Numerous manuscripts, correspondence, ephemera, memorabilia, and artifactual materials, and a host of other sources are available. Of particular interest are several of Bowles's notebooks which he compiled during his travels. Visually appealing are hundreds of photographs, including many of his own, which are housed among his papers.
88a. "Yallah." Typescript signed, with autograph
corrections, Summer 1955, 14 pp.
88b. Yallah. Photos de Peter W. Haeberlin,
texte de Paul Bowles Zurich: Manesse, .
89. "From Notes Taken in Ceylon," in Zero
(New York), Vol. 2, no.7 (Spring 1956), pp. 7-19.
| 90a. "All Parrots Speak."
Typescript signed, with autograph corrections, "Tangier, 1954," 14 pp.
The manuscript bears a note added by Bowles on the last page: "published Random House 1963, Peter Owen 1963 'Their Heads are Green'."
90b. Their Heads Are Green and Their Hands Are Blue. New York: Random House, .
91. "Casablanca," in Holiday (New York), Volume 40 (September 1966), pp. 74-79, 108-111, 120-122. Illustrated with drawings by Ronald Searle.
92a. [Notebook from Thailand]. Autograph notebook,
, 140 pp.
95a. "The Hakima: Introduction." Typescript with
autograph corrections, n.d., 3 pp.
95b. The Hakima, a Tragedy in Fez, by William Betsch, with an introduction by Paul Bowles. New York: Aperture Foundation, .
96a. Barry Brukoff to Paul Bowles, typed letter signed, January 22, 1990, 2 pp.
The photographer's letter confirms receipt of copies of articles of Bowles's prior travel writing, which he reviewed for their collaboration in Morocco (1993).
96b. Morocco. Text by Paul Bowles; photographs
by Barry Brukoff. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1993.
97a. Vittorio Santoro to Paul Bowles, typed letter
signed, April 8, 1993, 1 p.; with "The Sky" and "A Conversation," typed
manuscript with Bowles's editorial notations, "Tangier, November 1992
/ March 1993," 4 pp.
97b. Portraits, Nudes, Clouds: a Book of Photographs,
by Vittorio Santoro with text and an interview by Paul Bowles. Zurich:
Memory/Cage Editions, 1993.
98. Morocco: Sahara to the Sea, photographs and text by Mary Cross, preface by Paul Bowles. New York: Abbeville Press Publishers, 1995. Publisher's invitation laid in.
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