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Paul Auster and the American Dream

Andrew Marr discusses the American Dream with the writer Paul Auster, Catherine Daunt and Simon McBurney.

Andrew Marr talks to Paul Auster about his latest work, 4 3 2 1, which weaves together four versions of his hero's life alongside the monumental events of mid-twentieth century America.

The turbulence of the last six decades in US history, from JFK's assassination to Vietnam, to the AIDS crisis, racism and gender politics, is also presented through artists' prints in a new exhibition at the British Museum, co-curated by Catherine Daunt.

In the 1960s and 70s, Robert Evans became one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood only to fall spectacularly from grace a decade later. In The Kid Stays in the Picture, the theatre director Simon McBurney brings his rise and fall to the stage.

Producer: Katy Hickman

IMAGE: Jasper Johns (b. 1930), Flags I. Colour screenprint, 1973. Gift of Johanna and Leslie Garfield, on loan from the American Friends of the British Museum.
(c) Jasper Johns/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2016. (c) Tom Powel Imaging.

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Paul Auster

Paul Auster is an internationally acclaimed prize winning author. 

4 3 2 1 was published by Faber and Faber on 31st January 2017.

A production of Paul Auster’s City of Glass is running at HOME in Manchester.

Catherine Daunt

Catherine Daunt is an art historian and co-curator of The American Dream: Pop to the Present exhibition.

The American Dream: Pop to the Present exhibition is at the British Museum from 9th March to 18th June.

Simon McBurney

Simon McBurney is an actor, writer, director and co-founder of award winning theatre company Complicite.

The Kid Stays in the Picture runs at the Royal Court Theatre, London, from 11th March to 8th April.


Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest Paul Auster
Interviewed Guest Catherine Daunt
Interviewed Guest Simon McBurney
Producer Katy Hickman