SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Paul Bowles is perhaps best known as the author of The Sheltering Sky, the popular novel that was later turned into a feature film in 1990 starring John Malkovich and Debra Winger. But few people realize that the prolific writer thought of himself primarily as a composer of music.
A new book co-edited by UC Santa Cruz lecturer Irene Herrmann, "Paul Bowles on Music," spotlights the intersection of his two great passions - writing and music. The volume is a collection of music criticism by Bowles, written between 1935 and 1946, that has never before been compiled in book form.
It contains reviews Bowles penned as the music critic for the New York Herald Tribune, as well as complete reprints of essays on …