Doctorow's sixteen essays (adapted from reviews, book introductions and public lectures) explore the theme of literary and scientific creation, considering how creators shape, and are shaped by, the culture that surrounds them, focusing mainly on American writers.
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"Brilliantly written, Doctorow's cultural and literary analysis abounds in acute literary characterizations and mordant observations." - PW.
"A first-rate collection from a first-rate writer." - Kirkus.
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Named for Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Lawrence Doctorow occupies a central
position in the history of American literature. On a shortlist that might also
include Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, John Updike, Saul Bellow, and Don DeLillo,
E. L. Doctorow is generally considered to be among the most talented, ambitious,
and admired novelists of the second half of the twentieth century. Long
celebrated for his vivid evocations of nineteenth- and twentieth-century
American life (particularly New York life), Doctorow has received the National
Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the
Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction, the William Dean Howell Medal of the
American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the presidentially conferred National
E.L. Doctorow: DAHK-tuh-row (emphasis on the first syllable. Russian for 'son of a doctor')
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