Paul Auster with Eric Lorberer

Rescheduled from November 1st.

Talk about a book seemingly out of the blue, though in size and scale obviously not, Paul Auster’s striking biography of the great 19th-century writer Stephen Crane, Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane (Henry Holt & Co.) is cause for wonderment and readerly joy. The author of scores of highly acclaimed works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and translation over the decades, published here and throughout the world, Paul Auster has until now not written a book like this.

"Paul Auster calls Stephen Crane 'The Burning Boy,' and Crane’s passions burn incandescently in this exceptional biography of a prodigy whose life was cut tragically short. It represents a rare literary match—a visceral affinity—between a biographer and a subject, both masters of modern fiction. And one reads it in the same white heat.” —Judith Thurman.

"Paul Auster’s all-in obsessive engagement with the 19th century Bad Boy of American literature, Stephen Crane, is brilliant and beautiful. Auster's mastery of the historical context, his writerly, troubled, imaginative insights into Crane’s character and the analysis of the works, all superb. And the prose is beautiful — lucid and clear, and yet lyrical and personal. What a story! This is more than a novel, more than a biography, more than a book of critical analysis. This is a significant work of literature. And the most profound homage of one writer to another that I’ve ever read.”—Russell Banks.

A finalist for such awards as the Man Booker Prize, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the Edgar Award, he has received the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature, the Premio Napoli, and the Prix Médicis étranger, among other honors, for a body of work that includes 4 3 2 1, Sunset Park, Invisible, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Trilogy.

Joining Paul Auster in conversation this evening will be Eric Lorberer, a poet, essayist, and critic who is executive editor of Rain Taxi.




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ISBN: 9781250235831
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 26th, 2021

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Monday, November 29, 2021 - 6:00pm
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