Paul Auster Books

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I was an American living abroad much of my childhood, and for the most part I just read Tintin, Asterix & Obelix, and poached spy novels and English cozies from my parents’ shelves. We moved back to the States when I entered high school, and some new friends turned me on to Vonnegut, Salinger, Kerouac, Huxley, writers like that, and my reading life took a more literary bent from then on. I think I was 18 before I picked up The New York Trilogy, which was the perfect age to receive this new (to me) kind of writing. It really blew my mind, but for whatever reason, I didn’t read another Auster book until college.

I took a course from Patricia Hampl at the University of Minnesota where we read The Invention of Solitude (along with Speak, Memory, Running in the Family, An Unquiet Mind, Poets in their Youth, and Fierce Attachments, in case you’re interested. Outstanding class). To this day The Invention of Solitude remains my favorite bit of memoir.

At that point I actively sought out all I could find by Paul Auster. Having moved around quite a bit as an adult with no money or career, Hand to Mouth spoke to me, and the novels, one after another, were just tremendous. We can always count on some bizarre twist of fate, some heart-rending pathos, and the most elegant and beautiful descriptions of other art forms, rendered through the written art form.

I bought each new book as it came out, attended readings, and became a devotee. Later still I discovered Auster’s poetry, which in turn led me to the work of numerous other poets and writers. Another thing I love about the world of Auster—there is such a community, so much collaboration. Anthony Barnett, Peter Buck, Sophie Calle, Sam Messer, Paul Karasik, David Mazzucchelli, Art Spiegelman, Edmond Jabès, Stéphane Mallarmé, J.M. Coetzee, Zosia Goldberg, Maurice Blanchot, Siri Hustvedt, René Char, André du Bouchet, etc., etc., etc. Impossible to find the edge of the sphere.

By my early 30s I had a pretty good Paul Auster collection going for someone who wasn’t actively collecting. I got a job at a bookstore and learned to identify what makes a book collectible, and from then, with my meager bookstore wages, slowly acquired a few more lovely items. I moved, took jobs, lost jobs, moved again and again, and when I eventually settled in the Pacific Northwest, I started collecting in earnest. William Drenttel’s book really got the ball rolling, and I worked off that for years. Still working off it. Carsten Springer’s book came next, and by this time I had learned to conduct pretty thorough research, got friendly with a few booksellers who looked out for me, and eventually tracked down just about everything on my list. Of course there are many elusive titles, listed below, but I’m pleased with my efforts and have found them rewarding in a literary sense as well as a completist sense. And now I get to share those efforts in the hopes of meeting like-minded people and honoring Paul Auster for his contributions to literature and for the many ways he’s enriched my life.

Want List

I cannot find these titles anywhere. If you own one and would be willing to sell it (or donate to the collection!), please contact me.

Periodicals:

Columbia Review
(vol. ?) nos. 27–33, Fall 1969
Columbia Review
vol. 52 no. 2, Spring-Summer 1972
The Literary Supplement 7:
Doing Nothing, May 1973
New York Review of Books
vol. 22, no. 1, February 6, 1975
New York Review of Books
vol. 23, no. 7, April 29, 1976
Etymspheres 1/3
Spring 1976
One 3
Spring 1976
(Harper’s) Bookletter
vol. 2, no. 21, June 21, 1976
(Harper’s) Bookletter
vol. 3, no. 1, August 16, 1976
(Harper’s) Bookletter
vol. 3, no. 11, January 31, 1977
The Merri Creek, or, Nero 1
September/October 1977
Pequod 11
1980
Studies in 20th Century Literature
vol. 8, no. 1, Fall 1983

The New York Times Book Review 91
September 21, 1986

The New York Times Book Review 92
November 15, 1987
American Letters and Commentary 1
Fall 1988
City Limits Magazine (London)
vol. 429, no. 30, December 21, 1989
Tyuonyi: Violence of the White Page—Contemporary French Poetry vols. 9/10, 1991
Authors Guild Bulletin
Summer–Fall 1993
The Brooklyn Rail
Aug–Sep 2003
Amastra-N-Gallar 12 veran 2006. (Search help: NU(e)66; | Poésie: Anne-Marie Albiach à l’honneur)
The Brooklyn Rail
April 2017

Books/booklets:

Conversations à Brooklyn et Ailleurs avec Paul Auster
An interview with Alain Delaunois as part of the Collection Papier Journal published by Editions du Cirque Divers in 1997.
Disparitions
(tirage de tête w/signed painting by Maurice Rey)
Unearth
(Collection Argile) – #1–20; #21–120 on vélin d’Arches, signed. Each has five double-page lithographs by Riopelle and #1–20 have variations on those.
Effigies
(Orange Export, Ltd., limited to 9–12 signed and numbered copies, 1977)
Effigies
Hand-drawn limited edition artist book on hand-dyed kozo paper in clamshell case by Sarah Horowitz, edition of 20. 2012.
Dans la tourmente
(tirage de tête)
Fits and Starts: Selected Poems of Jacques Dupin
Limited edition. Salisbury, Wilts (UK): Living Hand, September 1973. Edition of 100 on vélin d’Arches, cloth boards, in a slipcase.

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