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Paul Bowles was born in New York City in 1910. He first had a career as a composer, writing opera, orchestral pieces, and film scores. In 1952 Bowles moved to Tangier, Morocco, and began to write novels and short stories that explore the harsh cultural incongruities between primitive and modern modes of life. These works include the novels The Sheltering Sky
and The Spider's House
, and the collections of stories The Delicate Prey
and A Hundred Camels in the Courtyard
. Bowles has also translated the writings of important figures such as Mohammed Mrabet and Rodrigo Rey Rosa.
Paul Bowles died in 1999.