Nicholson Baker


Born
in New York City, New York, The United States
January 07, 1957

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Nicholson Baker is a contemporary American writer of fiction and non-fiction. As a novelist, his writings focus on minute inspection of his characters' and narrators' stream of consciousness. His unconventional novels deal with topics such as voyeurism and planned assassination, and they generally de-emphasize narrative in favor of intense character work. Baker's enthusiasts appreciate his ability candidly to explore the human psyche, while critics feel that his writing wastes time on trivia (Stephen King notoriously compared Baker's novel Vox to a "meaningless little fingernail paring").

Average rating: 3.62 · 31,104 ratings · 4,231 reviews · 30 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Mezzanine

3.90 avg rating — 5,952 ratings — published 1988 — 25 editions
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Vox

3.43 avg rating — 5,006 ratings — published 1992 — 39 editions
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The Anthologist (The Paul C...

3.76 avg rating — 3,594 ratings — published 2009 — 16 editions
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The Fermata

3.70 avg rating — 3,942 ratings — published 1994 — 29 editions
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House of Holes

3.08 avg rating — 2,354 ratings — published 2004 — 20 editions
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A Box of Matches

3.67 avg rating — 1,969 ratings — published 2003 — 22 editions
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Human Smoke: The Beginnings...

3.99 avg rating — 1,409 ratings — published 2008 — 26 editions
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Traveling Sprinkler (The Pa...

3.69 avg rating — 840 ratings — published 2013 — 9 editions
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Double Fold: Libraries and ...

3.40 avg rating — 904 ratings — published 2001 — 12 editions
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U and I

3.77 avg rating — 834 ratings — published 1992 — 12 editions
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“I woke up thinking a very pleasant thought. There is lots left in the world to read.”
Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist

“Books: a beautifully browsable invention that needs no electricity and exists in a readable form no matter what happens.”
Nicholson Baker

“But spending your life concentrating on death is like watching a whole movie and thinking only about the credits that are going to roll at the end. It’s a mistake of emphasis.”
Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist

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