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Two Serious Ladies

(1943)
A novel by

 
Two Serious Ladies is the only novel by avant-garde literary star and wife of legendary writer Paul Bowles - a modernist cult-classic, mysterious, profound, anarchic, and funny, that follows two upper-class women as they descend into debauchery - updated with an introduction by Claire Messud, bestselling author of The Emperor's Children and The Woman Upstairs.

Two serious ladies who want to live outside of themselves, Christina Goering and Frieda Copperfield embark on separate quests of salvation. Mrs. Copperfield visits Panama with her husband, where she finds solace among the women who live and work in its brothels. Miss Goering becomes involved with various men. At the end the two women meet again, each transformed by her experience.

    

"My favorite book. I can't think of a modern novel that seems more likely to become a classic." - Tennessee Williams


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Hardback Editions

January 1965 : UK Hardback
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Title: Two Serious Ladies
Author(s): Jane Bowles
ISBN: 0-7206-9175-3 / 978-0-7206-9175-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
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Paperback Editions

February 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Two Serious Ladies: A Novel
Author(s): Jane Bowles
ISBN: 0-06-228312-X / 978-0-06-228312-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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1601 : UK Paperback
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Title: Two Serious Ladies
Author(s): Jane Bowles
ISBN: 0-9560038-5-0 / 978-0-9560038-5-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sort of Books
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August 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Two Serious Ladies (Peter Owen Modern Classic)
Author(s): Jane Bowles
ISBN: 0-7206-1179-2 / 978-0-7206-1179-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
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February 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Two Serious Ladies (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Jane Bowles
ISBN: 0-14-118168-0 / 978-0-14-118168-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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October 1997 : UK Paperback

Title: Two Serious Ladies
Author(s): Jane Bowles
ISBN: 0-7206-1006-0 / 978-0-7206-1006-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
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April 1979 : UK Paperback
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Title: Two Serious Ladies (VMC)
Author(s): Jane Bowles
ISBN: 0-86068-018-5 / 978-0-86068-018-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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October 1984 : USA Paperback

Title: Two Serious Ladies
Author(s): Bowles Jane
ISBN: 0-525-48136-2 / 978-0-525-48136-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton Books
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September 1984 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bowles Jane : Two Serious Ladies (Pbk)
Author(s): Jane Bowles
ISBN: 0-525-48324-1 / 978-0-525-48324-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Kindle Editions

June 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Two Serious Ladies
Author(s): Jane Bowles
Publisher: Sort Of
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