This is a collection of correspondence, spanning eight decades in the life of Paul Bowles. Despite his reclusiveness, Bowles has been an indefatigable correspondent, and his letters provide a look at the many aspects of his diverse career - as composer, novelist, travel writer, translator, ethnographer and critic. From his earliest surviving ...
This is a collection of correspondence, spanning eight decades in the life of Paul Bowles. Despite his reclusiveness, Bowles has been an indefatigable correspondent, and his letters provide a look at the many aspects of his diverse career - as composer, novelist, travel writer, translator, ethnographer and critic. From his earliest surviving letter, written at the age of four, to his precocious surrealist effusions to Gertrude Stein and Aaron Copland; from his meditations on the effects of mescaline to his moving letters to his wife Jane during her last illness, the book aims to fill in the gaps left by previous biographers and by Bowles's autobiography "Without Stopping" (so notoriously unrevealing that it was nicknamed "Without Telling"). Here is Bowles on the genesis of his novels; on his dogged expeditions attempting to record Moroccan tribal music; on the Beats, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote and Tennesee Williams; on appearing as an elderly extra in Bernado Bertulocci's film of "The Sheltering Sky". Gossipy and reflective, the book is both an epistolary autobiography and a chronicle of the 20th-century avant-garde from Tristan Tzara to David Byrne.
Fine book in a fine dust jacket. 604 pages. Includes Glossary. First Edition. Big volume of letters written by Bowles over seven decades of correspondence. Edited by Jeffrey Miller. Fine book in fine dustjacket.
Fine. Signed by Author(s) Limited edition. 8vo. Edited, with a foreword, by Jeffrey Miller. Illustrated with 8 pages of b/w photographs. Index, Arabic glossary, biographical glossary. Original dark blue cloth, stamped in gilt and gray, patterned endpapers. Original publisher's light blue board slipcase. Fine. No other signatures or bookplates. Number 111 of 250 numbered copies, signed by Bowles on limitation page.
Fine with no dust jacket. 0002555352. SIGNED Limited Edition. One of 250 numbered copies. Close to fine in blue cloth, laid-into the publisher's slipcase, as issued. (Mild spot of rubbing at head of spine on book)
Binding has very light foxing at edges, else a fine copy in near fine, publisher's (paper-covered) slipcase box; slipcase is lightly bumped, with rubbing at tips of corners. BOWLES, Paul. IN TOUCH. The Letters of Paul Bowles. Edited by Jeffrey Miller. [Total printing of 276 signed copies (of which 26 were lettered)]. Large octavo, blue cloth, pp. xx, 604, illustrated (reproducing black-and-white photographs).
As a huge fan of the correspondence of my Darlings and Darling Movements, I could not pass up the opportunity to read into Paul Bowles's own, as he put it.
Insightful, yes, but a bit trite. Cameo upon cameo and replete with subtle forms of self-aggrandizement.
Still, a great read for fans of his work.
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