Paul Bowles: Collected Stories and Later Writings

Paul Bowles: Collected Stories and Later Writings

by Paul Bowles

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Overview

“The Library of America has made it easier for readers to enjoy Bowles’s exotic literary harvest.” — The Columbus Dispatch

Paul Bowles was a composer, writer, and an American expatriate who spent most of the last five decades of his life in Tangier. According The Boston Globe, he was “one of the literary class acts of the twentieth century.” This Library of America volume, containing his stories and travel writings, is one of two volumes in the first annotated edition of Paul Bowles’s work and is a “treasure trove for readers who haven’t explored beyond The Sheltering Sky” (The Seattle Times).

“All the tales are a variety of detective story,” wrote Bowles of his first collection, The Delicate Prey and Other Stories (1950), “in which the reader is the detective; the mystery is the motivation for the characters’ behavior.” In such stories as “A Distant Episode” and “How Many Midnights,” Bowles pushes human character beyond socially defined limits and maps a transformed (often horribly transformed) reality.

A master of gothic terror and an acute and at times diabolically funny observer of manners and motives both American and Moroccan, Bowles confirmed his mastery of the short story in such volumes as A Hundred Camels in the Courtyard (1962), The Time of Friendship (1967), Things Gone and Things Still Here (1977), and Midnight Mass (1981), all included here along with a selection of his final stories.

This volume also contains Up Above the World (1966), a frightening novella set in Latin America in which a trusting American couple are lured into an annihilating trap, and the informed and fascinating travel book Their Heads Are Green and Their Hands Are Blue (1963).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931082204
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 08/28/2002
Series: Library of America Series , #135
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 1050
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Paul Bowles had already established himself as an important American composer when, at the age of 38, he published The Sheltering Sky and became widely recognized as one of the most powerful writers of the postwar period. An American expatriate who spent most of the last five decades of his life in Tangier, he produced novels, stories, and travel writings in which exquisite surfaces and violent undercurrents mingle.

Table of Contents

The Delicate Prey and Other Stories
At Paso Rojo5
Pastor Dowe at Tacate23
Call at Corazon46
Under the Sky59
Senor Ong and Senor Ha67
The Circular Valley90
The Echo100
The Scorpion116
The Fourth Day Out from Santa Cruz121
Pages from Cold Point129
You Are Not I151
How Many Midnights160
A Thousand Days for Mokhtar174
Tea on the Mountain180
By the Water193
The Delicate Prey201
A Distant Episode210
A Hundred Camels in the Courtyard
A Friend of the World227
He of the Assembly238
The Story of Lahcen and Idir254
The Wind at Beni Midar263
New Stories from The Time of Friendship
The Time of Friendship279
The Successor311
The Hours After Noon319
The Hyena351
The Garden355
Dona Faustina359
Tapiama373
If I Should Open My Mouth391
The Frozen Fields402
Things Gone and Things Still Here
Allal425
Mejdoub436
You Have Left Your Lotus Pods on the Bus442
The Fqih451
Istikhara, Anaya, Medagan and the Medaganat455
The Waters of Izli459
Afternoon with Antaeus463
Reminders of Bouselham468
Things Gone and Things Still Here477
Midnight Mass
Midnight Mass487
The Little House496
The Dismissal504
Here To Learn510
Madame and Ahmed551
Kitty556
The Husband560
At the Krungthep Plaza566
The Empty Amulet572
Bouayad and the Money577
Rumor and a Ladder580
The Eye588
In the Red Room597
Selected Later Stories
Monologue, Tangier 1975609
Monologue, Massachusetts 1932615
Monologue, New York 1965620
Unwelcome Words626
In Absentia640
Too Far From Home662
Their Heads Are Green and Their Hands Are Blue
Fish Traps and Private Business705
Africa Minor718
Notes Mailed at Nagercoil734
Mustapha and His Friends748
A Man Must Not Be Very Moslem760
The Rif, to Music778
Baptism of Solitude813
All Parrots Speak826
The Route to Tassemsit836
Glossary860
Up Above The World863
Chronology1021
Note on the Texts1041
Glossary1047
Notes1053
Index of Titles1061

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