William Alvin Bowen (May 15, 1877–September 18, 1937) was an American attorney who wrote several children's books in the 1920s. His most notable work was The Old Tobacco Shop, a fantasy novel that was one runner-up for the inaugural Newbery Medal in 1922.
Bowen was born in Baltimore, Maryland, earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Maryland in 1898, and worked in his father's law office until 1904, when he moved to Los Angeles. There he was a member of the Olympic Committee as attorney for the 1932 Summer Olympics. He was also a member of the California and Southern California Historical Societies.
Bowen's first children's book was The Enchanted Forest, a fantasy novel published by Macmillan late in 1920. His second was The Old Tobacco Shop, one year later.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1877 (Baltimore), Died 1937 (California)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1908
Roles Represented in DAHR: banjo
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||1613||10-in.||ca. 1903||Jack Tar||Artists vary||Banjo duet, with piano||instrumentalist, banjo|
|Columbia||1613||7-in.||ca. 1903||Jack Tar||William Bowen ; Fred Van Eps||Banjo duet, with piano||instrumentalist, banjo|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bowen, William," accessed July 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110175.
Bowen, William. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110175.
"Bowen, William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.
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