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Made up of three short novels Paul Austers New York Trilogy examines the changing identity of the main characters in a novel while also investigating the imbalance between the physical author of a book the individual who puts his name onto the cover and the authentic author who I am not certain is the same person1 The first part City of Glass uses the conventions of the crime thriller in a metaphysical apologue about man in relation to subconscious control and solitude Ghosts the middle section too uses the detective story in showing a man forced effectively to tail himself The concluding part The Locked Room is an autobiography by the unnamed friend of a disappeared literary giant Though the stories and styles are very contrasting they are in essence all the same tale with The Locked Room finally resolving the odyssey The trilogy has numerous subliminal references to the 19th Century American authors which have most influenced Auster and shaded his literary identity Quinns nom de plume in City of Glass is William Wilson also the name of an Edgar Allan Poe short story about doppelgngers In The Locked Room the narrator says his name is Herman Melville and Fanshawe mimics the opening line of Moby Dick in his letter starting Call me Redburn Thoreaus Walden is a major part of Ghosts with Thoreau mentioned in City of Glass and one Dennis Walden in The Locked Room Auster immediately thrusts the reader into a maelstrom of multiple and confused identities from the outset The central character is a reclusive author called Daniel Quinn a writer of detective fiction who hides behind the pseudonym of William Wilson Quinns books feature the detective Max Work The information the narrator gives almost perfectly matches Auster with age occupation and pastimes being identical Clearly Quinn is Austers alter ego The only named book by Quinn or William Wilson is Suicide Squeeze in 1982 Auster wrote a pseudonymous detective
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