Paul Auster Biography

American author Paul Auster has written short stories, such as the collection The New York Trilogy (1987), and novels, such as Timbuktu (1999). He has also collaborated with director Wayne Wang on a number of motion pictures, including Smoke (1995) and The Center of the World (2001).

Paul Auster, born in 1947, American writer best known for his collection of short stories The New York Trilogy, which won popular and critical acclaim at its publication in 1987. Auster was born in Newark, New Jersey. After receiving his bachelor of arts degree in 1969 and his M.A. degree in 1970, both from Columbia University in New York City, Auster lived in France for four years, during which time he worked as a writer and translator. He returned to New York City in 1974.

Auster began his writing career by producing poetry and essays for the New York Review of Books and Harper's Saturday Review, but it was not until 1978, when he received an inheritance from his father, that he was financially able to become a full-time writer. After the success of The New York Trilogy, Auster turned to writing novels. His fiction is characterized by an often unnerving blend of realism and fantasy which surprises the reader and confounds expectations. Auster's novels include In the Country of Last Things (1988), Moon Palace (1989), The Music of Chance (1991), which was made into a motion picture in 1993, Leviathan (1992), Mr. Vertigo (1994), and Timbuktu (1999). He has also written two autobiographical works, The Invention of Solitude (1982) and Hand to Mouth (1997), and a collection of poems and essays, Groundwork (1990). Auster taught creative writing at Princeton University in New Jersey from 1986 to 1990.

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