On the occasion of her centenary, Library of America presents the most complete edition ever published of Jane Bowles's incomparable fiction, along with an extensive selection of her frank, vivid and funny letters. The collection includes the vel Two Serious Ladies (1943) and the play In The Summer House (1954), as well as five short stories, two song lyrics, a play and a nfiction sketch. It also features fragments from two abandoned vels, a section of Two Serious Ladies cut from an earlier draft, four abandoned stories, one unfinished play and one autobiographical fragment.
Jane Bowles (1917-1973), author of a novel, Two Serious Ladies, a play, In the Summer House, and a volume of stories, Plain Pleasures, was born in New York City and in 1938 married writer Paul Bowles. She belonged to the New York artistic circles of the 1940s before moving with Paul to Paris and Tangier, where she knew Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and Gertrude Stein, among others. Millicent Dillon, editor, is the author or editor of four books on Paul and Jane Bowles, including A Little Original Sin: The Life and Work of Jane Bowles (1981) and Out in the World: Selected Letters of Jane Bowles (1985). She is also a novelist, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a five-time O'Henry Award winner. She lives in Palo Alto, California.