Paul Collins (writer)

Paul Collins (writer)

Paul Collins (born 1969, Pennsylvania) is an American writer best known for his work with McSweeney's and "The Believer", as editor of the Collins Library imprint for McSweeney's Books, and for his appearances on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition Saturday" with Scott Simon. His own books deal primarily with quirky forgotten figures from history, sometimes interwoven with memoir. Collins is also the parent of an autistic child and is known for his writings on the subject of autism. He is married to the children's author and illustrator Jennifer Elder.


* "Community Writing: Researching Social Issues Through Composition" (Erlbaum, 2001) ISBN 0-8058-3834-1
* "Banvard's Folly: Thirteen Tales of Renowned Obscurity, Famous Anonymity, and Rotten Luck" (Picador USA, 2001) ISBN 0-312-26886-6
* "Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books" (Bloomsbury, 2003) ISBN 1-58234-284-9
* "Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism" (Bloomsbury, 2004) ISBN 1-58234-367-5
* "The Trouble with Tom: The Strange Afterlife and Times of Thomas Paine" (Bloomsbury, 2005) ISBN 1-58234-502-3

The Collins Library

# "English as She Is Spoke", by José da Fonseca and Pedro Carolino (1855) (McSweeney's, 2002) ISBN 0-9719047-4-X
# "To Ruhleben—And Back", by Geoffrey Pike (1916) (McSweeney's, 2003) ISBN 0-9719047-8-2
# "Lady into Fox", by David Garnett (1922) (McSweeney's, 2004) ISBN 1-932416-05-6
# "The Riddle of the Traveling Skull", by Harry Stephen Keeler (1934) (McSweeney's, 2005) ISBN 1-932416-26-9
# "The Lunatic at Large", by J. Storer Clouston (1899) (McSweeney's, April 2007) ISBN 1-932416-70-6


* "Presidential Doodles: Two Centuries of Scribbles, Scratches, Squiggles & Scrawls from the Oval Office", by Cabinet Magazine and David Greenberg (Basic Books, 2006) ISBN 0-46503266-4


External links

* [ Author's Blog]
* [ Author information at McSweeney's website]
* [ review]

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