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Selected Works @ Penn Libraries
The Story of My Typewriter by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PS3551.U77 Z476 2002
Publication Date: 2002
The story of a manual Olympia typewriter and the agent of transmission for the work of one of the most varied and critically acclaimed contemporary authors. The novel highlights the relationship between Auster, his typewriter, and the artist Sam Messer, who, as Auster writes, 'has turned an inanimate object into a being with a personality and a presence in the world.' Written in Auster's discerning prose and illustrated with Messer's obsessive drawings and paintings, this book will stun fans and fine-book lovers alike.
The Music of Chance by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PS3551.U77 M87 1990
Publication Date: 1990
This compelling black comedy tells the story of Jim Nashe who abandons his stalled life, leaves his small daughter with Minnesota relatives, and compulsively drives around the country for a year. He meets a frail, spunky, self-advertised jackpot winner Jack Pozzi. He agrees to finance Pozzi in an epic poker match against a pair named Flower and Stone in their remote mansion. Ruined in the game, Nashe and Pozzi try to work off their huge debt by building a wall out of 10,000 stones from an imported Irish castle. In his lucid, captivating yarn, Auster quietly raises disturbing questions of servants and masters, of loyalty, freedom and the inexplicable urge to kill.
Sunset Park by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PS3551.U77 S95 2011
Publication Date: 2011
Sunset Park opens with twenty-eight-year-old Miles Heller trashing out foreclosed houses in Florida during the 2008 economic collapse. When Miles falls in love with Pilar Sanchez, he finds himself fleeing once again, going back to New York, where his family still lives, and into an abandoned house of young squatters in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The novel is woven together from various points of view--that of Miles's father, an independent book publisher trying to stay afloat, Miles's mother, a celebrated actress preparing her return to the New York stage, and the various men and women who live in the house.
Oracle Night by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PS3551.U77 O73 2003
Publication Date: 2003
Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, thirty-four-year-old novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationery shop in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn and buys a blue notebook. For the next nine days Orr will live under the spell of this blank book, trapped inside a world of eerie premonitions and puzzling events that threaten to destroy his marriage and undermine his faith in reality. Oracle Night is a narrative tour de force that confirms Auster's reputation as one of the boldest, most original writers at work in America today.
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Paul Auster: "How I Became a Writer"
Radio: Paul Auster and the American
Andrew Marr, from BBC Radio, talks to Paul Auster about his latest work: 4 3 2 1. This novel interlinks four versions of the hero's life with the monumental events of mid-twentieth century America.
4 3 2 1 by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library BESTSELLERS PLUS PS3551.U77 A615
Publication Date: 2017
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More Articles on Auster from The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature
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Writer and director of Smoke (1995), Paul Auster tells the story of a Brooklyn smoke shop that follows the stories and lives of multiple customers.
Lulu on the Bridge (1998), a romantic-mystery drama film written and directed by Auster, follows a jazz saxophone player whose life is drastically altered after being shot. After finding a mysterious stone and falling in love, strange dreamlike events alter the happiness and life events of the protagonist.
This documentary film, that Auster wrote and stars in, investigates the "metaphysical" effects of being struck by lightning. The film follows seven stories of personal experiences with lightening strikes.
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