Collected Prose: Autobiographical Writings, True Stories, Critical Essays, Prefaces, and Collaborations with Artists (Paperback)

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Reading a Paul Auster story can be like meeting an incredibly compelling person on an airplane. You have no idea what to expect at first, and when the experience is over you feel you will probably recall the details of it for a long time to come. This is a great book to carry with you throughout the summer. The collection provides a wide variety of memorable pieces for many different moods.

— Tom


An essential collection from one of the finest thinkers and stylists in contemporary letters.
The celebrated author of "The New York Trilogy," "The Book of Illusions," and "Oracle Nigh"t presents here a highly personal collection of essays, prefaces, true stories, autobiographical writings, and collaborations with artists, as well as occasional pieces written for magazines and newspapers, including "The Invention of Solitud"e his "breathtaking memoir." ("Financial Times Magazine London")
Ranging in subject from Sir Walter Raleigh to Kafka, Nathaniel Hawthorne to the high-wire artist Philippe Petit, conceptual artist Sophie Calle to Auster's own typewriter, the World Trade Center catastrophe to his beloved New York City itself, "Collected Prose" records the passions and insights of a writer who "will be remembered as one of the great writers of our time" ("San Francisco Chronicle").

About the Author

Paul Auster is the author of eleven novels, most recently "Oracle Night." His previous two novels, "The Book of Illusions" and "Timbuktu," were national bestsellers. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For…

"Auster's Collected Prose provides a fascinating long-exposure snapshot of a writer's private and abiding obsessions and touchstones as he oscillates between the worlds of his life and art."--The Times (London)

"He is a remarkable writer whose work needs to be read in totality."--The Sunday Herald (Scotland)

"One of America's leading novelists...The literary essays and prefaces in this collection are elegant and accessible.... Much of what is offered here displays his warmth, democratic instincts, and human concerns."--The Daily Telegraph (London)

"Auster's informed enthusiasms, especially for European modernism and aspects of the avant-garde, make him a passionate, intelligent, and stimulating commentator. He writes acutely about the dilemmas which inform serious artistic decisions. The hospitable, generous pieces make one want to go immediately to the writers he discusses."--The Observer (London)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312424688
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: February 10th, 2005
Pages: 528