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You Are Not I By Millicent Dillon

You Are Not I
by Millicent Dillon

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A biography of Paul Bowles, the famously enigmatic writer-composer. It questions the biographer's role, the subject's credibility, and the very nature of 'truth' in the telling of a life. It talks of Bowles' difficult childhood and of his grief over his wife's - the author Jane Bowles, who died in 1973 - illness, of exile, dreams, and madness.
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You Are Not I: A Portrait of Paul Bowles by Millicent Dillon

The famously enigmatic writer-composer Paul Bowles is the subject of Millicent Dillon's unforgettable new book. Her portrait of the chameleonlike artist is much more than an account of Bowles' life, however. It is also a meditation on biography that questions the biographer's role, the subject's credibility, and the very nature of 'truth' in the telling of a life. Millicent Dillon first met Paul Bowles in Tangier in 1977, when she was writing a biography of his wife, the author Jane Bowles, who died in 1973. Dillon returned to Morocco in 1992 to work with Bowles on a book about his own life. In Bowles' book-lined apartment often crowded with visitors, Dillon observes the magnetism the aging artist exerts on anyone who comes into his circle. Bowles talks of his difficult childhood and of his grief over Jane's long illness, of exile, dreams, and madness. He is charming and evasive with Dillon, generous and devious. As the book unfolds, Dillon's own reflections and concerns surface alongside details of Bowles' daily life, his physical condition, his interactions with others. Her portrait of the artist is seen simultaneously with her construction of that portrait, and in a kind of literary legerdemain we are able to observe Dillon on the biographical canvas along with Bowles and his deceased wife. Author of the international bestseller "The Sheltering Sky" and numerous other works, as well as an acclaimed composer, Paul Bowles has had an immensely rich creative life. Millicent Dillon seems to have been destined to write this unconventional biography of the artist, and the result is wonderful, disturbing, and strangely compelling, like Paul Bowles himself.

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"Dillon's prose is spare and supple, and her offbeat approach to her 'portrait' works like a charm . . . The service Dillon has done Bowles and his admirers is rare and welcome. Where previously we've had only freeze-frame shots of him, it's now as if we can see him in action . . . A pleasure to read in itself, "You Are Not I undoubtedly will become a treasured primary source for future Bowles biographers."--"Washington Post Book World

About Millicent Dillon


Millicent Dillon's published works include fiction and nonfiction as well as numerous short stories. She is the editor of The Portable Paul and Jane Bowles (1994), Out in the World: Selected Letters of Jane Bowles, 1935-1970 (1990), and A Little Original Sin. Millicent Dillon lives in San Francisco.

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GOR010202608
You Are Not I: A Portrait of Paul Bowles by Millicent Dillon
Millicent Dillon
Used - Very Good
Paperback
University of California Press
2000-02-24
354
0520224930
9780520224933
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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