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.

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

    Read The Paris Review’s 2003 interview with Paul.

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    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

    David Mitchell

    1. The Duel by Anton Chekhov (1891).
    2.1984by George Orwell (1948).
    3.Heart of Darknessby Joseph Conrad (1899).
    4.Sense and Sensibilityby Jane Austen (1811).
    5.The Master and Margaritaby Mikhail Bulgakov (1966).
    6.As I Lay Dyingby William Faulkner (1930).
    7.Tom Jonesby Henry Fielding (1749).
    8.Labyrinthsby Jorge Luis Borges (1964).
    9.W, or The Memory of Childhoodby Georges Perec (1975).
    10.The Makioka Sistersby Junichiro Tanizaki (1943–48).
    Wild Card:Lolly Willowesby Sylvia Townsend Warner (1926).



     

    Classic List

    Top Ten African-American Works

    1. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952). 
    2. Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987). 
    3. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (1977). 
    4. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937). 
    5. Native Son by Richard Wright (1945). 
    6. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (1959). 
    7. Another Country by James Baldwin (1962). 
    8. Cane by Jean Toomer (1923). 
    9. Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid (1990). 
    10. Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown (1965). 

     





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