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Paul Bowles letter to c[harles] h[enri] f[ord], 1978 October.

Author: Paul Bowles; Charles Henri Ford
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Bowles reminisces about the year 1929, stating the months before the stock market crash were "ordinary enough." He notes that at the University of Virginia where he was studying "the more literary students quoted The Waste Land to each other" and "one of the fraternities took the radical step of hiring McKinney's Cotton-Pickers to play at its prom. This move was criticized by the students who objected to the idea of
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Genre/Form: Letters (Correspondence)
Named Person: Sylvia Beach; Cole Porter; T S Eliot; Ernest Hemingway; Tristan Tzara; Carl Van Vechten; Sylvia Beach; Tristan Tzara; Carl Van Vechten
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Bowles; Charles Henri Ford
OCLC Number: 750257367
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Bowles reminisces about the year 1929, stating the months before the stock market crash were "ordinary enough." He notes that at the University of Virginia where he was studying "the more literary students quoted The Waste Land to each other" and "one of the fraternities took the radical step of hiring McKinney's Cotton-Pickers to play at its prom. This move was criticized by the students who objected to the idea of dancing to music made by blacks." He relates that after he dropped out of college and went to Paris his parents "were visited by a professor and his sadistic wife" who showed them a copy of "The sun also rises" about the expatriate life, after which his parents refused to support him.

He describes his life in Paris as "being in a state of desperate euphoria which precluded rational thought" and mentions that he earned $8-$10 a week, listened to Cole Porter songs and attended the Russian opera and the Diaghilev Ballet. He relates an incident about Tristan Tzara and his killer Siamese cat. He describes the atmosphere in Nice where he sat in cafes in the sun, drank cafe au lait and wrote his first poems about villages in the Basses Alpes which Ford published in "Blues."

Bowles concludes with his acqusition of the all the small format issues of Transition and the last two issues of Ethel Moorehead's This Quarter purchased at Sylvia Beach's but the books published by Contact and Black Sun were too expensive. After returning to New York he found Transition #13, and had tea with Carl Van Vechten who autographed 6 books for him. He also attended a New Masses ball and ended the year in a alcoholic fog in the Village.

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<http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/1007905735#Organization\/mckinney_s_cotton_pickers<\/a>> # McKinney\'s Cotton Pickers.<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Organization<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"McKinney\'s Cotton Pickers.<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/1007905735#Person\/beach_sylvia<\/a>> # Sylvia Beach<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:familyName<\/a> \"Beach<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:givenName<\/a> \"Sylvia<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Sylvia Beach<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/1007905735#Person\/tzara_tristan_1896_1963<\/a>> # Tristan Tzara<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:birthDate<\/a> \"1896<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:deathDate<\/a> \"1963<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:familyName<\/a> \"Tzara<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:givenName<\/a> \"Tristan<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Tristan Tzara<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/1007905735#Person\/van_vechten_carl_1880_1964<\/a>> # Carl Van Vechten<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:birthDate<\/a> \"1880<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:deathDate<\/a> \"1964<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:familyName<\/a> \"Van Vechten<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:givenName<\/a> \"Carl<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Carl Van Vechten<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/1007905735#Place\/nice_france<\/a>> # Nice (France)<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Place<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Nice (France)<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/experiment.worldcat.org\/entity\/work\/data\/1007905735#Place\/paris_france<\/a>> # Paris (France)<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Place<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Paris (France)<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/id.loc.gov\/vocabulary\/countries\/xxu<\/a>>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Place<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0dcterms:identifier<\/a> \"xxu<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/id.worldcat.org\/fast\/1000529<\/a>> # Little magazines<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Little magazines<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/id.worldcat.org\/fast\/1155558<\/a>> # Travel<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Travel<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/id.worldcat.org\/fast\/1205283<\/a>> # France--Paris.<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Place<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"France--Paris.<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/id.worldcat.org\/fast\/1205484<\/a>> # France--Nice.<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Place<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"France--Nice.<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/id.worldcat.org\/fast\/1356172<\/a>> # Waste land (Eliot, T. S.)<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:CreativeWork<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Waste land (Eliot, T. S.)<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/id.worldcat.org\/fast\/1356236<\/a>> # Sun also rises (Hemingway, Ernest)<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:CreativeWork<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Sun also rises (Hemingway, Ernest)<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/id.worldcat.org\/fast\/799208<\/a>> # African American jazz musicians<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Intangible<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"African American jazz musicians<\/span>\"@en<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/viaf.org\/viaf\/112464042<\/a>> # Paul Bowles<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:birthDate<\/a> \"1910<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:deathDate<\/a> \"1999<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:familyName<\/a> \"Bowles<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:givenName<\/a> \"Paul<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Paul Bowles<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/viaf.org\/viaf\/138522043<\/a>> # McKinney\'s Cotton Pickers.<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Organization<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"McKinney\'s Cotton Pickers.<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/viaf.org\/viaf\/27072443<\/a>> # Tristan Tzara<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:birthDate<\/a> \"1896<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:deathDate<\/a> \"1963<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:familyName<\/a> \"Tzara<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:givenName<\/a> \"Tristan<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Tristan Tzara<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/viaf.org\/viaf\/35247539<\/a>> # Sylvia Beach<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:familyName<\/a> \"Beach<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:givenName<\/a> \"Sylvia<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Sylvia Beach<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/viaf.org\/viaf\/45442548<\/a>> # Charles Henri Ford<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:familyName<\/a> \"Ford<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:givenName<\/a> \"Charles Henri<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Charles Henri Ford<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/viaf.org\/viaf\/5056030<\/a>> # Carl Van Vechten<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:birthDate<\/a> \"1880<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:deathDate<\/a> \"1964<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:familyName<\/a> \"Van Vechten<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:givenName<\/a> \"Carl<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Carl Van Vechten<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/viaf.org\/viaf\/5118684<\/a>> # Cole Porter<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:birthDate<\/a> \"1891<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:deathDate<\/a> \"1964<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:familyName<\/a> \"Porter<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:givenName<\/a> \"Cole<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Cole Porter<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/viaf.org\/viaf\/56609282<\/a>> # Thomas Stearns Eliot<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:birthDate<\/a> \"1888<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:deathDate<\/a> \"1965<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:familyName<\/a> \"Eliot<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:givenName<\/a> \"Thomas Stearns<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:givenName<\/a> \"T. S.<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Thomas Stearns Eliot<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>
<http:\/\/viaf.org\/viaf\/97006051<\/a>> # Ernest Hemingway<\/span>\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0a schema:Person<\/a> ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:birthDate<\/a> \"1899<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:deathDate<\/a> \"1961<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:familyName<\/a> \"Hemingway<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:givenName<\/a> \"Ernest<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0schema:name<\/a> \"Ernest Hemingway<\/span>\" ;\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\u00A0.<\/div>