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Paul Bowles

American migrant composer, author, and translator

Died when: 88 years 323 days (1066 months)
Star Sign: Capricorn


Paul Bowles

Paul Frederic Bowles (/boʊlz/;December 30, 1910 – November 18, 1999) was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator.He became associated with the Moroccan city of Tangier, where he settled in 1947 and lived for 52 years to the end of his life.

Following a cultured middle-class upbringing in New York City, during which he displayed a talent for music and writing, Bowles pursued his education at the University of Virginia before making several trips to Paris in the 1930s.

He studied music with Aaron Copland, and in New York wrote music for theatrical productions, as well as other compositions.

He achieved critical and popular success with his first novel The Sheltering Sky (1949), set in French North Africa, which he had visited in 1931.

In 1947, Bowles settled in Tangier, at that time in the Tangier International Zone, and his wife Jane Bowles followed in 1948.

Except for winters spent in Ceylon during the early 1950s, Tangier was Bowles's home for the remainder of his life.

He came to symbolize American immigrants in the city.Bowles died in 1999 at the age of 88.His ashes are buried near family graves in Lakemont Cemetery, in upstate New York.

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