||Paul Frederic Bowles was born in New York City on December 30, 1910. Since the 1940s, Bowles has written numerous works of
fiction, essays, translations, travel writing, poems, and other works. Among Bowles's best-known fictional works are the novels
The Sheltering Sky (1949), Let It Come Down (1952), The Spider's House (1955); and his initial short story collection, The Delicate Prey and Other Stories (1950). Paul Bowles has also had a prominent career as a composer. He studied with both Aaron Copland and Virgil Thomson,
and during the 1930s and 1940s became one of the pre-eminent composers of American theater music. Paul Bowles letters to John
Martin consist of a substantial group of eighty-four letters written by Paul Bowles to John Martin, plus a copy of Bowles'
manuscript for Points in Time. Eight letters from Mohammed Mrabet to Martin (as translated and typed by Bowles), as well as copies of Bowles' English translations
of Mrabet's play, Earth, and novella, Marriage With Papers are also available in this collection.