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Paul Auster is an American author, screenwriter and film director

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BirthdayFebruary 3, 1947
NationalityAmerican
FamousSchool Dropouts, Writers
SpousesSiri Hustvedt (m. 1982), Lydia Davis (m. 1974Р 1979)
Known asPaul Benjamin Auster
Childrens Daniel Auster, Sophie Auster
GenderMale
FatherSamuel Auster
MotherQueenie Bogat Auster
Net Worth$20 Million as of February 8,2017
Sun SignAquarius

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Who is Paul Auster?

Paul Auster is an internationally acclaimed author, who is well-known for his distinct themes such as that contain elements of absurdism, identity crisis and existentialism. Some of his highly praised pieces of work include ‘The New York Trilogy’, ‘Moon Palace’, ‘The Music of Chance’, ‘The Book of Illusions’ and ‘The Brooklyn Follies’. He has established himself as one of the most distinct and original writers in contemporary literature and his works have been translated in over thirty languages around the world. He is also a successful editor, poet, screenplay writer and has translated the works of many acclaimed French authors. He has also authored touching personal memoirs and autobiographies like his debut publication ‘The Invention of Solitude’, ‘Winter Journal’ and the most recent publication ‘Report From The Interior’. Apart from authoring novels and poems, he has also written lyrics for many songs including ‘Natty Man Blues’. He has also directed award winning motion pictures and with all of these accomplishments, he has been hailed as one of the most successful and multi-talented individuals in the field of writing. To learn more interesting facts about his childhood, personal life and professional achievements, scroll down and continue to read this biography.

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Childhood & Early Life

Paul Benjamin Auster was born in Newark, New Jersey into a middle class Jewish family to Queenie and Samuel Auster.

He was raised in the suburban municipality of South Orange, New Jersey and Newark and attended the Columbia High School in Maplewood.

In 1970, he graduated from the Columbia University, after which he moved to Paris where he worked as a translator of French literature.

In 1974, he came back to the U.S and started writing essays, poems and novels and also translated the works of many prominent French writers.

Career

In 1982, his book titled, ‘Squeeze Play’, one of his works which he wrote under the pseudonym, Paul Benjamin, was released.

In 1987, his series of three mystery novels ‘The New York Trilogy’ was published by the Faber & Faber publishing house. The same year his novel ‘In the Country of Last Things’ was also published.

In 1989, ‘Moon Palace’, a novel, set in Manhattan, New York was published. Published in 1990, by the Viking Press, his mystery novel titled ‘The Music of Chance’ falls under the genre of ‘absurdist novels’ that focuses on ‘random event’ and ‘meaninglessness of the universe’.

In 1992, his crime novel ‘Leviathan’ was published by the Viking Press. The novel was later made into an audio book, released on ‘Audible.com’. The next year, he wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of his novel ‘The Music of Chance’. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival that year.

In 1995, he wrote the screenplay for the award winning American film ‘Smoke’, which he also directed along with Wayne Wang. That year he also directed and wrote screenplay for the film ‘Blue in the Face’.

In 2002, ‘The Book of Illusions’, his novel, based on the life of a university professor was published by the Henry Holt publishing house. That year ‘The Story of My Typewriter’ was also published.

In 2005, Henry Holt and Co. published his novel ‘The Brooklyn Follies’. In 2008, ‘Man in the Dark’, his novel, centred on the presidential elections of 2000 was published.

In 2009, ‘Invisible’, his collection of four short stories, all interconnected to form a continuous story was published.

In 2010, ‘Sunset Park’, his novel, set around the American financial recession was published by the Henry Holt and Co.

In 2013, a collection of letters that were exchanged between him and South African novelist J. M. Coetzee titled ‘Here and Now: Letters (2008–2011)’ was published by the Viking Press.

Major Works

Published in 1987, his novel ‘The New York Trilogy’ became a great success and was the recipient of the Prix France Culture de Litt�rature �trang�re award.

He directed and wrote the screenplay for the film ‘Smoke’, which received the Silver Bear at the 45th Berlin International Film Festival, received Danish Film Critics Bodil Award for Best American Film and also earned the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.

Awards & Achievements

In 1990, he received the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In 1996, he received the John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence.

In 2003, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In 2006, he was the recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature.

In 2006, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters for Literature.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1974, he married his first wife Lydia Davis but the marriage did not last long and the couple separated. They had a child together.

In 1981, he married Siri Hustvedt and the couple have a child together.

In 2013, one of his autobiographical works ‘Report From The Interior’ was published.

Trivia

This acclaimed American author and screenplay writer is so obsessive about hygiene that he carries his own set of cutlery with him, wherever he travels.

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Paul Auster biography timelines

  • // 3rd Feb 1947
    Paul Benjamin Auster was born in Newark, New Jersey into a middle class Jewish family to Queenie and Samuel Auster.
  • // 1970
    In 1970, he graduated from the Columbia University, after which he moved to Paris where he worked as a translator of French literature.
  • // 1974
    In 1974, he came back to the U.S and started writing essays, poems and novels and also translated the works of many prominent French writers.
  • // 1974
    In 1974, he married his first wife Lydia Davis but the marriage did not last long and the couple separated. They had a child together.
  • // 1981
    In 1981, he married Siri Hustvedt and the couple have a child together.
  • // 1982
    In 1982, his book titled, ‘Squeeze Play’, one of his works which he wrote under the pseudonym, Paul Benjamin, was released.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, his series of three mystery novels ‘The New York Trilogy’ was published by the Faber & Faber publishing house. The same year his novel ‘In the Country of Last Things’ was also published.
  • // 1987
    Published in 1987, his novel ‘The New York Trilogy’ became a great success and was the recipient of the Prix France Culture de Litt�rature �trang�re award.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, ‘Moon Palace’, a novel, set in Manhattan, New York was published. Published in 1990, by the Viking Press, his mystery novel titled ‘The Music of Chance’ falls under the genre of ‘absurdist novels’ that focuses on ‘random event’ and ‘meaninglessness of the universe’.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, he received the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, his crime novel ‘Leviathan’ was published by the Viking Press. The novel was later made into an audio book, released on ‘Audible.com’. The next year, he wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of his novel ‘The Music of Chance’. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival that year.
  • // 1995
    In 1995, he wrote the screenplay for the award winning American film ‘Smoke’, which he also directed along with Wayne Wang. That year he also directed and wrote screenplay for the film ‘Blue in the Face’.
  • // 1995
    He directed and wrote the screenplay for the film ‘Smoke’, which received the Silver Bear at the 45th Berlin International Film Festival, received Danish Film Critics Bodil Award for Best American Film and also earned the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, he received the John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, ‘The Book of Illusions’, his novel, based on the life of a university professor was published by the Henry Holt publishing house. That year ‘The Story of My Typewriter’ was also published.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • // 2005 To 2008
    In 2005, Henry Holt and Co. published his novel ‘The Brooklyn Follies’. In 2008, ‘Man in the Dark’, his novel, centred on the presidential elections of 2000 was published.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, he was the recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters for Literature.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, ‘Invisible’, his collection of four short stories, all interconnected to form a continuous story was published.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, ‘Sunset Park’, his novel, set around the American financial recession was published by the Henry Holt and Co.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, a collection of letters that were exchanged between him and South African novelist J. M. Coetzee titled ‘Here and Now: Letters (2008–2011)’ was published by the Viking Press.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, one of his autobiographical works ‘Report From The Interior’ was published.

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Paul Auster's FAQ

  • What is Paul Auster birthday?

    Paul Auster was born at 1947-02-03

  • What is Paul Auster nationalities?

    Paul Auster's nationalities is American

  • Who is Paul Auster spouses?

    Paul Auster's spouses is Siri Hustvedt (m. 1982), Lydia Davis (m. 1974Р 1979)

  • Who is Paul Auster childrens?

    Paul Auster's childrens is Daniel Auster, Sophie Auster

  • Who is Paul Auster's father?

    Paul Auster's father is Samuel Auster

  • Who is Paul Auster's mother?

    Paul Auster's mother is Queenie Bogat Auster

  • What is Paul Auster's sun sign?

    Paul Auster is Aquarius