Paul Collins:

About the Author


Paul Collins is a writer specializing in history, memoir, and unusual antiquarian literature. His nine books have been translated into eleven languages, and include Not Even Wrong: A Father's Journey Into the Lost History of Autism (2004), and The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars (2011).  He is a 2009 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction.

Collins's recent freelance work includes pieces for the New York Times, Slate, and New Scientist. In addition to appearing on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday as its “literary detective” on odd and forgotten old books, he is also the founding editor of the Collins Library imprint of McSweeney's Books, where he has revived such disparate works as a World War I internment camp memoir and an absurdist 1934 detective tale.

Collins lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches creative nonfiction as an associate professor in the MFA program at Portland State University. 


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