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Hand to mouth : a chronicle of early failure

Author: Paul Auster
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This is the story of a young man's struggle to stay afloat. By turns poignant and comic, Paul Auster's memoir is essentially an autobiographical essay about money - and what it means not to have it. From one odd job to the next, from one failed scheme to another, Auster investigates his own stubborn compulsion to make art, and describes his ingenious, often farfetched attempts to survive on next to nothing. From the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Biographies
Named Person: Paul Auster; Paul Auster; Paul Auster; Paul Auster; Paul Auster
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Auster
ISBN: 0805054065 9780805054064
OCLC Number: 36201335
Description: 449 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Contents: Hand to mouth --
Three plays. Laurel and Hardy go to heaven ; Blackouts ; Hide and seek --
Action baseball --
Squeeze play / by "Paul Benjamin."
Responsibility: Paul Auster.

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This is the story of a young man's struggle to stay afloat. By turns poignant and comic, Paul Auster's memoir is essentially an autobiographical essay about money - and what it means not to have it. From one odd job to the next, from one failed scheme to another, Auster investigates his own stubborn compulsion to make art, and describes his ingenious, often farfetched attempts to survive on next to nothing. From the streets of New York City and Paris to the rural roads of Upstate New York, the author treats us to a series of remarkable adventures and unforgettable encounters and, in several elaborate appendixes, to previously unknown work from these years. Here are three plays that contain the seeds of inspiration for some of Auster's future work, a tabletop baseball game (complete with cards and rules), and a pseudonymous detective novel - the author's first full-length novel. Each is an example of Auster's effort to make money; each is an illustration of the artist's mind at work. The result is a book of manifold delights and discoveries, an autobiography that resembles no other.

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