Paul Bowles letters to Frank Lauria


Creator: Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999
Date(s): 1977 January 25-1988 March 1
Call Number: MSS 0099, F0927
Language: Materials entirely in English.
Abstract: One autograph signed postcard and three typed and signed letter written by Paul Bowles to Frank Lauria between 1977 and 1988.
Physical Description: 4 items (4 pages)
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchase, October 2012.
Processing Information: Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, February 2013. Further encoded by George Apodaca, November 2015. Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Biographical and Historical Notes

Paul Bowles (1910-1999)

The American composer and author Paul Frederic Bowles was born in New York City, on December 30, 1910.

In 1938, Paul Bowles married the aspiring writer Jane Auer. Inspired by his wife's success and her dedication to writing, Bowles began his own career as an author, eventually surpassing his already successful reputation as a composer. After the 1940s, he produced numerous works of fiction, essays, travel writing, poems, autobiographical pieces, and other works.


Miller, Jeffrey. Paul Bowles: A Descriptive Bibliography. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Black Sparrow Press, 1986.


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

Frank Lauria (1935-)

American author Frank (Jonathan) Lauria, who was born on October 26, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York, has been a free-lance writer since 1972.

Lauria, who has written several novels, and is best known for his Doctor Orient series, spent two years writing in Tangier, where he became a friend of Paul Bowles. Lauria also knew William Burroughs, who was a fan on his Doctor Orient novels.


"Frank (Jonathan) Lauria." Contemporary Authors Online. Gale Biography In Context. (accessed January 24, 2013).


DuShane, Tony. "Uncle Frank and the Co-Defendants," San Francisco Chronicle, November 17, 2011. (accessed January 24, 2013).

Content Description

American author Paul Bowles wrote to his friend and fellow writer Frank Lauria thanking him for recent mailings and sharing of his life in Morocco.

Paul Bowles wrote each of these three letters and the postcard in response to recent communications from Frank Lauria, particularly thanking him for sending issues of magazines and recordings of music. After mentioning the items he had received, Bowles would offer information about his life in Morocco and inquire after Lauria. Bowles commented on the effects of Moroccan holidays, such as Ramadan, and on his writing, including his recent translation of a story by Mrabet.

In these letters Bowles mentioned mutual acquaintances such as Cynthia Williams, William Burroughs and John Lurie. He also commented on the occasional confusion of his writing with that of Paul Darcy Boles. The letters suggest the obvious friendship which these men shared over decades.

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Shelving Summary

Box 63, F0927: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

MSS 0099, F0927, Paul Bowles letters to Frank Lauria, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Related Materials

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts. MSS 0163 Paul Bowles papers; MSS 0164 Paul Bowles collection; MSS 0165 Christopher Sawyer-Lau├žanno papers related to Paul Bowles; MSS 0323 Paul Bowles letters to William Saroyan; MSS 0324 Paul Bowles letters to John Martin

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Paul Bowles letters to Frank Lauria Box 63, F0927

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