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In touch : the letters of Paul Bowles

Author: Paul Bowles; Jeffrey Miller
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, [1994] ©1994
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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,
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Paul Bowles; Paul Bowles; Paul (Schriftsteller) Bowles
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Bowles; Jeffrey Miller
ISBN: 0374185107 9780374185107 0374524599 9780374524593
OCLC Number: 26800618
Description: xx, 604 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: Contains 7 letters to Gertrude Stein and numerous references to her in letters to others.
Other Titles: Correspondence.
Responsibility: edited by Jeffrey Miller.

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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.

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