Paul LaFarge

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<!-- Deleted image removed: -->Paul La Farge (born 1970) is an American novelist, essayist and academic whose three books, The Artist of the Missing (1999), Haussmann, or the Distinction (2001) and The Facts of Winter (2005) received generally favorable critical notices, with Haussmann, in particular, singled out as the work of a unique and original creative mind.

Academic career and first novel

A native of New York City, La Farge graduated from Yale and has taught writing at Wesleyan University on and off since 2002. He is currently a Visiting Professor of English at Wesleyan (2009–2010). He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and has been chosen as artist-in-residence at artists' colonies MacDowell and Yaddo. He has taught writing at Columbia and was the 2005 winner of the fourth annual Bard Fiction Prize bestowed by Bard College, where he is on the MFA faculty.

La Farge's first novel, The Artist of the Missing, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in May 1999, and illustrated with surrealist images by cubist artist Stephen Alcorn, takes place in an anonymous, modern-day city in which people go missing on a regular basis. Frank, the titular character, paints portraits of the missing, among whom are his parents, his brother James and, eventually, even his romantic interest, enigmatic police photographer Prudence, whose job it was to take...
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