The writer Paul Bowles died today in Tangiers, Morocco, his home for 50 years. He was 88 and died of cardiac arrest. His most famous novel "The Sheltering Sky" was selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the century. We remember him with an excerpt of his 1993 interview. (REBROADCAST from 6/15/93).
For 45 years, Bowles has been writing novels, stories, essays, poetry and autobiography. He started out as a composer, studying with Aaron Copeland. Bowles was friends with Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, and later became a "resident guru" for several generations of American writers including Tennesee Williams and William Burroughs. Since 1947, he's lived in Tangier, Morocco. Best known for his novel "The Sheltering Sky," he has a new anthology, called "Too Far From Home."