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Paul Bowles letter to Michael Fordyce

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0882

Scope and Content Note

In this handwritten letter, Paul Bowles wrote Michael Fordyce to inform him that Brion Gysin's apartment in Tangier was available for rent.

Bowles wrote that Gysin was leaving for London tomorrow, enclosed Gysin's telephone number, and suggested that Michael call Gysin that night.


  • Creation: circa 1950-1959


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

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.

Michael Fordyce

Michael Fordyce was a friend of Bowles in Morocco. Fordyce is mentioned in a March 23, 1956, letter written by Paul Bowles to Rena Bowles, which was published in In Touch: the Letters of Paul Bowles.


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American author and composer Paul Bowles (1910-1999) sent this brief letter to Michael Fordyce informing him that Brion Gysin's apartment in Tangier was available for rent.


Originally laid in a copy of Paul Bowles's Without Stopping.

Related Materials in this Repository

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.

Shelving Summary

Box 61, F0882: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

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Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, September 2011. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

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2011 September 19
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