E. L. Doctorow

E. L. Doctorow: (Edgar Laurence Doctorow) (dŏk´tərō´), 1931–, American novelist, b. New York City. Doctorow is known for his skillful blending of fiction and fact into reconstructions of eras in American history. His first work was a novel of the 19th-century West, Welcome to Hard Times (1960), but he did not win wide recognition until The Book of Daniel (1971), which is based on the Rosenberg Case. Since then his books often have featured a compelling combination of real and fictional characters. Doctorow's other novels include Ragtime (1975), which recreates pre–World War I America; Loon Lake (1980), which portrays American life during the Great Depression; World's Fair (1985; National Book Award), a semiautobiographical work set in the Bronx of the 1930s; Billy Bathgate (1989), a tale of Prohibition-era gangsters; The Waterworks (1994), set in 1870s New York; City of God (2000), a late 20th-century exploration of ideas and faith; The March (2005), an account of General Sherman's Civil War march through Georgia; Homer & Langley (2009), the story of two New York hoarder-hermit brothers; and Andrew's Brain (2014), an early 20th-century scientist's ruminations on his life, memory, and mind. Doctorow has also written short stories, e.g., Sweet Land Stories (2004) and All the Time in the World (2011), and nonfiction, e.g., the essays collected in Reporting the Universe (2003) and the literary-critical appreciations of Creationists (2006).

See R. Trenner, ed., E. L. Doctorow, Essays and Conversations (1983); C. D. Morris, ed., Conversations with E. L. Doctorow (1999); studies by P. Levine (1985), C. C. Harter and J. R. Thompson (1990), C. D. Morris (1991), J. G. Parks (1991), D. Fowler (1992), B. Siegel, ed. (2000), M. M. Tokarczyk (2000), and H. Bloom, ed. (2002).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

E. L. Doctorow's Skeptical Commitment
Michelle M. Tokarczyk.
Peter Lang, 2000
A Citizen Reads the Constitution
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The Nation, Vol. 244, February 21, 1987
The Modern American Novel of Violence
Patrick W. Shaw.
Whitston, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "E. L. Doctorow's Billy Bathgate" begins on p. 116
The Young Gangster as Mythic American Hero: E.L. Doctorow's 'Billy Bathgate.' (Varieties of Ethnic Criticism)
Baba, Minako.
MELUS, Vol. 18, No. 2, Summer 1993
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Narrating Postmodern Time and Space
Joseph Francese.
State University of New York Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Doctorow: Recuperating Parallel Images of the Past"
The Primal Scene in the Public Domain: E. L. Doctorow's the Book of Daniel
Morgenstern, Naomi.
Studies in the Novel, Vol. 35, No. 1, Spring 2003
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Reconstructing the Family in Contemporary American Fiction
Desmond F. McCarthy.
Peter Lang Publishing, 1998
Through a Glass Clearly: Vision as Structure in E. L. Doctorow's "Willi."
Miller, Ann V.
Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 30, No. 3, Summer 1993
Women and Death: Linkages in Western Thought and Literature
Beth Ann Bassein.
Greenwood Press, 1984
Librarian’s tip: "E. L. Doctorow" begins on p. 164
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