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Paul Auster      

American Author

Paul Benjamin Auster is an American author and director whose writing blends absurdism, existentialism, crime fiction, and the search for identity and personal meaning.

After graduating from Columbia University in 1970, he moved to Paris, France where he earned a living translating French literature. Since returning to the U.S. in 1974, he has published poems, essays, and novels of his own, as well as translations of French writers such as Stéphane Mallarmé and Joseph Joubert.

His memoir A Life in Words, published in 2017, is base on Auster's dialogues with I.B. Siegumfeldt, who has been working to found the Center for Paul Auster Studies at the University of Copenhagen.

He was on the PEN American Center Board of Trustees from 2004-2009, and Vice President during 2005-2007. The PEN American Center works to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship.


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