Paul Auster's Top Ten List

In 1982 Paul Auster published debuted with a classic memoir about life, death and the writing life, The Invention of Solitude. Now 65 and one of America’s most accomplished writers, he has delivered a second direct reflection on his life, Winter Journal.

“A collection of fragmentary reminiscences held together by serious authorial charm,” says Ed Wright in The Australian, “[it] comes across as a man living comfortably with a destiny and posterity largely achieved. … full of the grace, charm, playfulness and intellectual curiosity that makes Auster such pleasurable and worthwhile company.”

Watch Paul read from Winter Journal.

Read the Seattle Post Intelligencer’s review of Winter Journal.

Read James Wood’s 2009 New Yorker critique of Paul’s novels.

Read The Paris Review’s 2003 interview with Paul.

Watch John Freeman’s Freeman’s 2009 interview with Paul.

 

Paul Auster’s Top Ten List

1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (1605, 1615).

2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1869).

3. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851).

4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1866).

5. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (1913–27).

6. Ulysses by James Joyce (1922).

7. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850).

8. The Castle by Franz Kafka (1926).

9. Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable, a trilogy by Samuel Beckett (1951–54).

10. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne (1759–67). 

New List

Amy Bloom

1. The Deptford trilogy by Robertson Davies (1983).
2. Persuasion by Jane Austen (1817).
3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (1995–2000).
4. The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (1995).
5. The Known World by Edward P. Jones (2003).
6. The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro (1978).
7. The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.
8. The Hours by Michael Cunningham (1998).
9. Fancies and Goodnights by John Collier (1951).
10. Larry’s Party by Carol Shields (1997).

Wild Cards to make it an even dozen:

Jumping the Queue by Mary Wesley (1983).
Raising Demons by Shirley Jackson (1957).

Classic List

Chris Bohjalian

1. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (1321).
2. Ulysses by James Joyce (1922).
3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1860–61).
4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877).
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925).
6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960).
7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847).
8. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884).
9. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952).
10. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (1862).

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