Paul Auster

Paul Auster

by Mark Brown
     
 

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Paul Auster provides the first extended analysis of Austers essays, poetry, fiction, films and collaborative projects. It explores his key themes of identity; language and writing; metropolitan living and community; and storytelling and illusion. By tracing how Austers representations of New York and city life have matured from a position of urban nihilism to

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Paul Auster provides the first extended analysis of Austers essays, poetry, fiction, films and collaborative projects. It explores his key themes of identity; language and writing; metropolitan living and community; and storytelling and illusion. By tracing how Austers representations of New York and city life have matured from a position of urban nihilism to qualified optimism, the book shows how the variety of forms he works in influences the treatment of his central concerns. The chapters are organised around gradually extending spaces to reflect the way in which Austers work broadens its focus, beginning with the poets room and finishing with the global metropolis of New York: his home city and often his muse. The book uses Austers published and unpublished literary essays to explain the shifts from the dense and introspective poems of the 70s, through the metropolitan fictions of the 80s and early 90s, to the relatively optimistic and critically acclaimed films, and his return to fiction in recentyears.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847796530
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Brown is Lecturer in American Literature at Keele University

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