Paul Auster

Paul Auster (ô´stər), 1947–, American writer, b. Newark, N.J. After publishing four volumes of poetry, he wrote his first novel, Squeeze Play (1982). A compelling storyteller, Auster became well known for the short novels of The New York TrilogyCity of Glass (1985), Ghosts (1986), and The Locked Room (1986)—tautly surreal variations on the urban detective story. Written with great clarity, extremely stylized, filled with elements of symbolism and the surreal as well as metaphysical and epistemological concerns; employing cinematic plots and pulp novel conventions; displaying a fascination with doppelgängers and coincidences; and featuring a sharply contemporary, postmodern sensibility, his later novels include Moon Palace (1989); The Music of Chance (1991); Leviathan (1992); Timbuktu (1999), a tale of dog and master told from the dog's point of view; The Book of Illusions (2002); Oracle Night (2003); The Brooklyn Follies (2005); Travels in the Scriptorium (2007); Man in the Dark (2008); Invisible (2009), in which the central character learns about love from several people in varying situations, including an incestuous affair with his sister; and Sunset Park (2010). Auster is also an essayist, translator, screenwriter, and memoirist.

See his memoirs, The Invention of Solitude (1982, repr. 2007), Hand to Mouth (1997, repr. 2003), Winter Journal (2012), and Report from the Interior (2013); C. Springer, A Paul Auster Sourcebook (2001); P. Auster and J. M. Coetzee, Here and Now: Letters, 2008–2011 (2013); studies by D. Barone, ed. (1995), A. Varvogli (2001), I. Shiloh (2002), H. Bloom, ed. (2004), M. Brown (2007), B. Martin (2008), and J. Peacock (2010).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The World That Is the Book: Paul Auster's Fiction
Aliki Varvogli.
Liverpool University Press, 2001
Beyond the Red Notebook: Essays on Paul Auster
Dennis Barone.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995
From Punishment to Possibility: Re-Imagining Hitchcockian Paradigms in the New York Trilogy
Golden, Cameron.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 37, No. 3, September 2004
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Part Spaniel, Part Canine Puzzle: Anthropomorphism in Woolf's Flush and Auster's Timbuktu
Ittner, Jutta.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 39, No. 4, December 2006
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
The Urban Lifeworld
Peter Madsen; Richard Plunz.
Routledge, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Professor Auster's In-Between World" begins on p. 231
Multicultural Writers since 1945: An A-To-Z Guide
Alba Amoia; Bettina L. Knapp.
Greenwood Press, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Paul Auster" begins on p. 52
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