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Mark Brown

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719073960

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719073960.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Rooms
Paul Auster

Mark Brown

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on Paul Auster, the writer's room, and the relationship between metropolitan experience and the attempts to re-present it from memory through language. It studies Auster's concern with language, his poetry and the process of composition he uses when writing prose pieces. This chapter shows that a poet's retreat into his room is a way of interacting with the metropolis while protecting the artistic self from the overwhelming complications of modern city life.

Keywords:   writer's room, Paul Auster, metropolitan experience, language, memory, poetry, prose pieces, modern city life, artistic self

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