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Avoid the Orient

Colm Tóibín: The Ghastly Paul Bowles, 4 January 2007

Paul Bowles: A Life 
by Virginia SpencerCarr.
Peter Owen, 431 pp., £19.95, July 2005, 0 7206 1254 3
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... His father, whom he seemed to despise, was a dentist. He studied briefly at the University of Virginia. He began as a poet and composer, coming under the influence of both Gertrude Stein and Aaron Copland. In 1931, with Copland, he visited Morocco for the first time. He wrote a great number of scores for films and plays as well as classical ...

You are the we of me

Joyce Carol Oates: The Autobiography of Carson McCullers, 2 September 1999

Illumination and Night Glare: The Unfinished Autobiography of Carson McCullers 
edited by Carlos Dews.
Wisconsin, 256 pp., £19.95, September 1999, 0 299 16440 3
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... and nuanced; as original and haunting as any work by Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter or Virginia Woolf. According to her biographer, Virginia SpencerCarr, McCullers wrote seven drafts of The Member of the Wedding, yet there is nothing artificial or over-polished about its ...

Aviators and Movie Stars

Patricia Lockwood: Carson McCullers, 19 October 2017

Stories, Plays and Other Writings 
by Carson McCullers.
Library of America, 672 pp., £33.99, January 2017, 978 1 59853 511 2
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... the less they can write about her with any compassion. Even her superhumanly gentle biographer, Virginia SpencerCarr, occasionally produces sentences like: ‘Many loved Carson immensely, yet to a number of acquaintances, she seemed a bitch.’ Even on the page, she is too much: it’s not difficult to imagine one ...

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