William Bowen

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110175


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