Paul Bowles /
Gena Dagel Caponi.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1998.
xiii, 152 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0805745602 (alk. paper)
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New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1998.
0805745602 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 137-146) and index.
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Twayne's United States Authors, English Authors, and World Authors Series present concise critical introductions to great writers and their works. Devoted to critical interpretation and discussion of an author's work, each study takes account of major literary trends and important scholarly contributions and provides new critical insights with an original point of view. An Authors Series volume addresses readers ranging from advanced high school students to university professors. The book suggests to the informed reader new ways of considering a writer's work. Each volume features: -- A critical, interpretive study and explication of the author's works -- A brief biography of the author -- An accessible chronology outlining the life, the work, and relevant historical context -- Aids for further study: complete notes and references, a selected annotated bibliography and an index -- A readable style presented in a manageable length
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In this interpretive biography of Paul Bowles, one of the most intriguing American expatriate writers and composers, Gena Dagel Caponi concentrates on defining Bowles's place in twentieth-century American culture. By exploring the motivations behind his life and work and examining the intricate connections between his emotional life and his literary, musical, and autobiographical creations, Caponi illuminates both Bowles's psychological development and the relationship between his personal idiosyncrasies and the intellectual currents of his time. Caponi draws upon extensive correspondence and interviews not only with Bowles himself but also with Ned Rorem, Gore Vidal, Aaron Copland, Christopher Isherwood, and Virgil Thomson to provide new insights into Bowles's work and his relationships with his wife, Jane; his editor at Random House, David McDowell; his London editors, John Lehmann and Peter Owen; and friends Charles Henri Ford, Ahmed Yacoubi, and Mohammed Mrabet. Through his work, Caponi shows, Bowles contributes as well as responds to such movements as modernism, antimodernism, mysticism, surrealism, and existentialism. His unique combination of nineteenth-century romanticism and twentieth-century existentialism allows him, in both his literature and his music, to focus on a major theme - the plight of the individual who is alienated from his or her culture and feels less than alive. Caponi notes how Bowles's work articulates various states of being along the continuum of existential insecurity, and she examines his negative romanticism, his fascination with primitive landscapes, and his belief that the imagination is perfect without intervention and corruption from civilization andits institutions. The author of The Sheltering Sky, one of the very few fully realized expressions of American existentialism, has lived the philosophy he writes about. Only a book that analyzes Bowles's emotional life in c
Table of Contents
A Spontaneous Lifep. 1
Existential Fiction: The Sheltering Sky and Let It Come Downp. 18
Postcolonial Fiction: The Spider's House and Short Storiesp. 43
Detective Fiction: Short Stories and Up above the Worldp. 66
Surrealism and Extraordinary Consciousnessp. 89
Travel Writing and Historical Fiction: Their Heads Are Green and Their Hands Are Blue and Points in Timep. 104
Unwelcome Words and Other Late Worksp. 119
Notes and Referencesp. 133
Selected Bibliographyp. 137
Indexp. 147
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