Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey
Typewriter: Olympia SM 9* (There's a book about Auster's Olympia.)
After attending Columbia University he lived in France for four years. Since returning to America in 1974, he has published poems, essays, novels and translations. On Friday 13th September 2002, “The Story of My Typewriter” was published. This is the story of Paul Auster's typewriter, a manual Olympia, more than 25 years old, and has been the agent of transmission for the novels, stories, collaborations, and other writings Auster has produced since the 1970s, a body of work that stands as one of the most varied, creative, and critically acclaimed in recent American letters. It is also the story of a relationship between Auster, his typewriter, and the artist Sam Messer.