Paul Bowles

Flavorwire Author Club: The Overlooked Musical Legacy of Paul Bowles

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Paul Bowles was truly a figure unlike any other, one who blazed a trail to Morocco that Beats like William Burroughs and Gregory Corso followed. Today it is still a trail that people are still following, in search of whatever magic the couple found there. He’s a fascinating figure, no doubt. We’ve chosen him — along with his late wife Jane — for our monthly Author Club on the strength of his writing, but while Bowles the writer and Bowles the expat have been widely discussed for years, his other work as Bowles the musician and Bowles the musicologist have been largely overlooked.
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Flavorwire Author Club June Selection: Paul and Jane Bowles

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When you think of writers who led extraordinary lives while producing great work, Paul and Jane Bowles tend to be two of the names that usually top the list. Although they’re often lumped in with other post-First World War expat American authors, it’s impossible to look at the couple’s work and not think of what came after them — specifically their lives in Tangier, and all of the other people, from the Beats to rock stars to chef/writer/television show hosts, who followed in their footsteps to explore the strange magic that drew the Bowleses there in the first place.
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Celebrate Charles Bukowski’s Birthday With Iconic Black Sparrow Press Book Covers

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John Martin published works by luminaries like Robert Duncan, Theodore Dreiser, Joyce Carol Oates, and D.H. Lawrence, but he will always be known as the founder of Black Sparrow Press. The publishing company he founded in 1966 published the bulk of Charles Bukowski’s work, republished John Fante’s brilliant 1939 novel Ask the Dust, and put some of Paul Bowles’ work back into print. Black Sparrow sold the rights to publish those three authors to HarperCollins in 2002, right around the time Martin retired and sold the remainder of his inventory for one dollar to David R. Godine. Renamed Black Sparrow Books, the imprint continues to this day, but it is not the same company it was under Martin, who originally financed the press by selling his large collection of rare first edition books.
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