Place and Imprint: New York: G. Schirmer, Inc., (1946).
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Miller, Paul Bowles, A Descriptive Bibliography, E26; see Millicent Dillion’s Collected Writings of Jane Bowles, pages 282 and 772.
Condition: Corners slightly worn; fine copy.
Book ID: 27802
Physical DescriptionFolio, original printed wrappers, 6 pages.
CommentsA song by Jane Bowles written in Taxco, Mexico, circa 1941-42, and put to music by her prolific composer-husband, Paul Bowles. It is described as an "art song" by Ned Rorem, who defines that as "the musical setting of a lyric poem for one voice with piano accompaniment." It is also an early and unusual musical collaboration by the famous literary couple. Several years later "Song of an Old Woman" was reprinted under the title "Farther from the Heart." It was recorded at least once with baritone Donald Hassard singing and Robert Helps on piano.