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United States: Essays 1952-1992 - "Paul Bowles's Stories" (1983) Summary & Analysis

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"As a short story writer, [Paul Bowles] has had few equals in the second half of the 20th Century. Obvious question: if he is so good, why is he so little known?"

Vidal's answer is that Bowles doesn't fit into a "crude America First-ism" that has permeated our literature. This attitude is responsible for the misrepresentation or undervaluation of America's three finest novelists, Henry James, who lived in England; Edith Wharton, who lived in France; and Vladimir Nabokov, who lived in Switzerland. Although Paul Bowles was raised in New York City and New England, and attended the University of Virginia, he lived most of his life in Morocco, Vidal notes.

In Bowles's memoir, Without Stopping, the reader learns that Bowles originally wanted to be a writer and not a composer, but was discouraged...

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