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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

Cathleen Schine

1. Emma by Jane Austen (1816).
2. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (1855–91).
3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1869).
4. Phineas Finn: The Irish Member by Anthony Trollope (1869).
5. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens (1864–65).
6. Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym (1977).
7. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884).
8. The stories of  Alice Munro (1931– ).
9. The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki (1943–48).
10. Pictures from an Institution by Randall Jarrell (1954).

Classic List

George Saunders

1. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (1842).
2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884).
3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1869).
4. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne (1759–67).
5. Hamlet by William Shakespeare (1600).
6. The stories of Isaac Babel (1894–1940).
7. The stories of Anton Chekhov (1860–1904).
8. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969).
9. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (1953).
10. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957).