Paul Bowles letter to Pud Gadiot

Biographical and Historical Notes

Paul Frederic Bowles (1910-1999)

American composer and author Paul Frederic Bowles (1910-1999), whose best-known fictional work is the novel The Sheltering Sky, is equally known as a prolific translator.


Sawyer-Lau├žanno, Christopher. An Invisible Spectator: A Biography of Paul Bowles. New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989.

Scope and Content Note

This handwritten and signed letter was written by Paul Bowles to Pud Gadiot on stationery from "Treetops, Merriebrooke Lane, Stamford, Connecticut," the home of Libby Holman (Reynolds). Included with the letter is an envelope postmarked Greenwich, Conn., February 10, 1953.

The brief two-page letter mentions that Bowles is in the United States and traveling with Ahmed (Yacoubi). He requests a visit with Gadiot, first wife of Beat writer Terry Southern.