Collected Prose


Collected Prose Essays
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(Expanded Edition). A highly personal collection of essays, prefaces, true stories, autobiographical writings (including the seminal work The Invention of Solitude), and collaborations with artists, as well as occasional pieces writtenfor magazines and newspapers. Ranging in subject from baseball to Sir Walter Raleigh to Kafka, Nathaniel Hawthorne to the highwire artist Philippe Petit, conceptual artist Sophie Valle to Auster's own typewriter, the World Trade Centercatastrophe to his beloved New York City itself, COLLECTED PROSE records the passions and insights of this brilliant contemporary writer. 593p.

Editorial Reviews

Noted fiction writer and translator Auster (The New York Trilogy) here offers an eclectic collection of prose pieces that span a period of 30 years and range in length from one to 150 pages. The opening essay, "Portrait of an Invisible Man," is a remarkably moving response to the death of the writer's father. In his attempt to come to terms with a man who was in many ways a stranger, Auster compels the reader to contemplate the mysteries of life and death. Suggesting in "Hand to Mouth" that "most writers lead double lives," he recounts his early struggles to eke out his daily existence while maintaining faith in his call to write. The shorter selections are much more than filler: one explains how a wrong number served as inspiration for his first novel; another discusses the Olympia manual typewriter that Auster has used to produce his work for the last 40 years; and yet another recounts how he missed the opportunity to get Willy Mays's autograph. Exhibiting keen insight, intelligence, and clarity, this solid collection is an appropriate selection for public and academic libraries.-Anthony Pucci, Notre Dame H.S., Elmira, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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