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Paul Auster

By azuamar
  • Date and place of birth

    Auster was born in Newark, New Jersey, to Jewish middle class parents of Polish descent Samuel and Queenie Auster. He grew up in South Orange, New Jersey and graduated from Columbia High School in adjoining Maplewood.
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    Paul Auster

  • Graduated from Columbia University

    After graduating from Columbia University in 1970, he moved to Paris, France where he earned a living translating French literature
  • Back to the States

    Since returning to the U.S. in 1974, he has published poems, essays, novels of his own as well as translations of French writers such as Stéphane Mallarmé and Joseph Joubert.
  • Marriage

    He married his second wife, writer Siri Hustvedt, in 1981, and they live in Brooklyn. Together they have one daughter, Sophie Auster. Previously, Auster was married to the acclaimed writer Lydia Davis. They had one son together, Daniel Auster.
  • Debut Work: The Invention of Solitude

    Debut Work: The Invention of Solitude
    he Invention of Solitude is the debut work of Paul Auster, a memoir published in 1982. The book is divided into two parts, Portrait of an Invisible Man, which concerns the sudden death of Auster's father, and The Book of Memory, in which Auster delivers his personal opinions concerning subjects such as coincidence, fate, and solitude, subjects that have become trademarks of Auster's works.
  • Audio Interview with Paul Auster

  • Famous film: Smoke

    Famous film: Smoke
  • Brooklyn Book Festival

    Brooklyn  Book Festival
    Paul Auster appeared at the Brooklyn Book Festival in a public conversation with John Ashbery.