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How does The New York Trilogy depict identity?

The New York Trilogy depicts identity as an important theme in each story. From taking on a new identity to making up an identity for someone in your mind and trying to piece together a missing man's identity based on his creative work, each story takes a different approach to identity.

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It can be argued that all three of the detective novels which make up The New York Trilogy have identity as a central theme.

In the first story, "City of Glass," we meet Daniel Quinn, who writes detective stores using the pen name William Wilson. Right away, we can see how identity will become a theme here, as by using a pseudonym, Quinn is hiding his true self from his readers. Later, Quinn decides to take on yet another identity—that of a detective named Paul Auster —and...

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