Paul Auster Biography (1947-)

Born February 3, 1947, in Newark, NJ; son of Samuel and Queenie (Bogat) Auster; married Lydia Davis, October 6, 1974 (divorced 1979); married Siri Hustvedt, June 16, 1981; children: (first marriage) Daniel, (second marriage) Sophie. Career: Writer, director, actor. Lived in France (1971-74) working at odd jobs and writing poetry; lectured at Princeton University 1986-90. Member: PEN Awards, Honors: fellow, National Endowment for the Arts, 1979 and 1985; Morton Dauwen Zabel Award, fiction writer, American Academyand Institute of Arts and Letters, 1990; Chevalier de l'Orde des Arts et desLettres, 1992; Prix Medicis Etranger, best foreign novel, 1993, for Leviathan; Cesar Award nomination (with Wayne Wang), best foreign film, and Independent Spirit Award, best first screenplay, both 1995, for Smoke. Addresses: Agent: Carol Mann Agency, 55 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10003.

Writer, director, actor
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February 3, 1947
Newark, New Jersey, United States

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