Paul Auster

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Paul Benjamin Auster (born February 3, 1947) is an American author. He is married to fellow writer Siri Hustvedt.

Auster was born in Newark, New Jersey. After graduating from Columbia University in 1970, he moved to France. Since returning to America in 1974, he has published his own poems, essays, novels and translations of French writers such as Stphane Mallarm and Joseph Joubert.

His first novel was a detective novel called Squeeze Play and was written under the pseudonym Paul Benjamin (Benjamin is his middle name).

Auster gained renown for a series of three experimental detective stories published collectively as The New York Trilogy (1987). These books are not conventional detective stories organized around a mystery and a series of clues. Rather, he uses the detective form to address existential issues and questions of identity, creating his own, distinctively postmodern form in the process. The search for identity and personal meaning has been a red thread between all of Auster's later publications.

Later Auster works concentrate heavily on the role of coincidence and random events (The Music of Chance) or increasingly, the relationships between men and their peers and environment (The Book Of Illusions, Leviathan). Through his rich and unexpectedly dream-like prose, Paul Auster is widely regarded by critics as one of America's greatest living writers.

Paul Auster is widely described as a modern day story-teller.

B.R. Myers attacked Auster in "A Reader's Manifesto."

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Edited collection

"True Tales of American Life" (2001)

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