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Bowles (Paul) Papers
mssHM 53279-53314  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Paul Bowles papers
    Creator: Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999
    Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 53279-53314
    Physical Description: 2.20 Linear Feet (1 box and 1 folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1933-1985
    Date (bulk): 1967-1985
    Abstract: Papers belonging to Paul Bowles, American author and composer of operas, film and stage scores, ballets, songs and chamber music.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Paul Bowles papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Lonnie Burr, April 1985.

    Biographical / Historical

    Paul Bowles (1910-1999) was an American author and composer of operas, film and stage scores, ballets, songs and chamber music. Bowles studied music with Aaron Copland and Virgil Thomson and began to write at the encouragement of Gertrude Stein. Although born in New York, Bowles spent much of his adult life in his adopted home of Morocco. Many of his novels and short stories focus on life in Morocco from the perspective of both natives and foreigners. Bowles also worked as a translator, working on English versions of French, Spanish, Italian and Moroccan originals. He earned numerous grants, awards and fellowships throughout his lifetime, including an American Book Award nomination. Bowles was married to the playwright Jane Auer Bowles (1917-1973). He died in November 1999, in Morocco.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains three manuscripts by Bowles (two short stories and one musical score) as well as a series of letters between him and his friend and fellow author, Lonnie Burr. The majority of the correspondence is authored by Bowles and includes several picture postcards from Morocco and other foreign locations. Also included in the collection are two letters Bowles wrote to the William Morris Agency. Issues addressed within the collection include the political situation in Morocco and the United States, descriptions of Morocco's Tangier peninsula, discussions of contemporary writers and their work and the personal lives of both Bowles and Burr.

    Processing Information

    Processed by library staff in July 1989. Finding aid encoded by Charla M. DelaCuadra in July 2020.


    Arranged chronologically.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Americans -- Morocco -- Correspondence
    Authors -- 20th century
    Authors, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence
    Morocco -- Politics and Government -- 20th century
    United States -- Politics and Government -- 20th century
    Morocco -- Fiction
    Tangier Peninsula (Morocco) -- Description and travel
    Letters (correspondence) -- Morocco
    Manuscripts -- Morocco
    Musical compositions
    Picture postcards -- Morocco
    Bowles, Jane, 1917-1973
    Burr, Lonnie
    William Morris Agency