Paul Bowles Travel Writer Of Morocco & The Beat Generation

Paul Bowles

Paul Frederic Bowles was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator born in Queens, New York on December 30, 1910. Bowles was the last surviving representative of a generation of artists whose work has shaped 20th century literature and music. Among those lives that intersected with Paul Bowles  during the “beat generation” were Allen Ginsberg, Brion Gysin , William S. Burroughs, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Aaron Copeland and Gertrude Stein. Following a cultured middle-class upbringing in New York City Paul Bowles displayed a talent for music and writing. Bowles attended the University of Virginia before making various trips to Paris in the 1930s. During college Bowles was characterized as a unique and intelligent individual who preferred to keep to himself. In the midst of his college years, he quietly set sail for Paris where he worked briefly as a switchboard operator at the Herald Tribune but soon returned to New York, taking a job at Dutton’s Bookshop on Fifth Avenue. Paul Bowles also studied music with the composer, Aaron Copland and in New York wrote music for various theatrical productions, as well as other compositions. Bowles achieved critical and popular acclaim with the publication of his first novel The Sheltering Sky, in 1949 set in French North Africa. The Sheltering Sky was later filmed in 1990 by Bernardo Bertolucci. The film was shotin Morocco (Tangiers and Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate) as well as Algeria and Niger and features actors Deborah Winger John Malkovich and Timothy Spall. The Sheltering Sky  tells a dangerous and erotic journey of an American artist couple, Port and Kit Mores, and their aimless travels through Africa in search of new experiences.

Brion Gysin


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About Alecia Cohen

Alecia Cohen is a Morocco Travel Specialist, an Expert on Tourism in Morocco and the Director of Travel Exploration. She heads up Travel Exploration's Marrakech office with with partner Hossaine Amiri, a Berber from Southern Morocco. Mrs. Cohen was inspired to create a a tailor-made tourism company offering private, luxury tours after traveling in Morocco for over nine years. Travel Exploration Morocco offers custom designed itineraries that are authentic and combine luxury with adventurous travel and off the beat experiences. Mrs. Cohen is the Founder of Global Rhythm Magazine, America's only world music publication that had a 15 year run in the 1990's - mid 2000. She is also the former Associate Publisher Zenbu Media Group. Mrs. Cohen has lectured at the World Bank on Culture & Sustainable Development in Africa and been featured on CNN Financial News, Entrepreneurial Edge, Crain’s and Entrepreneur.

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