Dimensions:9.53in x 6.48 x 2.57 in | 2.42 lb
Page Count:800 pages
RETURN OF A GIANT: Paul Auster is one of the great American writers of his generation, and he’s coming off a Booker shortlist for his last novel.
PRODIGOUS TALENTS UNITE: A deep dive into the life of Stephen Crane, a writer with a story that only another literary star like Paul Auster can pull off.
“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. I was deeply moved by his portrayal of Crane’s relationships with Conrad and James and other writers of the time and Crane’s common law wife, Cora, and his judgmental, bourgeois older brother William. And his delicacy regarding Crane’s other relations with women. All of it. 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.” —Russel Banks
“Burning Boy is an authoritative study of Stephen Crane, whose innovative narrative and poetic techniques foreshadow modern American literature. Paul Auster, one of our preeminent novelists, explores Crane’s psyche with unerring insight and freshly interprets Crane’s genius. This book will revitalize interest in the most important American author of his generation.” —Paul Sorrentino, author of Stephen Crane: A Life of Fire