PAUL BOWLES (1910–1999) was an American expatriate composer, novelist, and translator. He became associated with Tangier, Morocco, where he settled in 1947 and lived for 52 years to the end of his life. Born into a cultured middle-class family in New York City, precocious and with an artistic temperament, like many such Americans he found himself in Paris in the 1930s. He achieved critical and popular success with his first novel The Sheltering Sky, set in what was known as French North Africa. Bowles settled in Tangier, Morocco, with his wife and fellow novelist Jane Bowles. In addition to his own writing, Bowles translated work by Moroccan authors and brought writers such as Mohammed Mrabet to readers in the West.
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