Other books byE. L. Doctorow
It is the Great Depression of the 1930s, and a passionate young man from Paterson, New Jersey, leaves home to find his fortune. What he finds, on a cold and lonely night in the Adirondack Mountains, is a vision of life so different from his own that it changes his destiny, leading him from the side of a railroad track to a magical place called Loon Lake.
Sweet Land Stories
One of America's premier writers, the bestselling author of Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, The Book of Daniel, and World's Fair turns his astonishing narrative powers to the short story in five dazzling explorations of who we are as a people and how we live.Ranging over the American continent from Alaska to Washington, D.C., these superb short works are crafted with all the weight and resonance of the novels for which E. L. Doctorow is famous. You will find yourself set down in a mysterious redbrick townhouse in rural Illinois (A House on the Plains), working things out with a baby-kidnapping couple in California (Baby Wilson), living on a religious-cult commune in Kansas (Walter John Harmon), and sharing the heartrending cross-country journey of a young woman navigating her way through three bad marriages to a kind of bruised but resolute independence (Jolene: A Life). And in the stunning Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden, you will witness a special agent of the FBI finding himself at a personal crossroads while investigating a grave breach of White House security. Two of these stories have already won awards as the best fiction of the year published in American periodicals, and two have been chosen for annual best-story anthologies. Composed in a variety of moods and voices, these remarkable portrayals of the American spiritual landscape show a modern master at the height of his powers.
Homer & Langley
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, THE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, THE KANSAS CITY STAR, AND BOOKLIST Homer and Langley Collyer are brothers -- the one blind and deeply intuitive, the other damaged into madness, or perhaps greatness, by mustard gas in the Great War. They live as recluses in their once grand Fifth Avenue mansion, scavenging the city streets for things they think they can use, hoarding the daily newspapers as research for Langley’s proposed dateless newspaper whose reportage will be as prophecy. Yet the epic events of the century play out in the lives of the two brothers—wars, political movements, technological advances—and even though they want nothing more than to shut out the world, history seems to pass through their cluttered house in the persons of immigrants, prostitutes, society women, government agents, gangsters, jazz musicians . . . and their housebound lives are fraught with odyssean peril as they struggle to survive and create meaning for themselves.
E. L. Doctorow is acclaimed internationally for such novels as Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, andThe March. Here now are his rich, revelatory essays on the nature of imaginative thought. InCreationists, Doctorow considers creativity in its many forms, from the literary to the comic to the cosmic. As he wrestles with the subjects that have teased and fired his own imagination, Doctorow affirms that âwe know by what we create.â Just what is Melville doing in Moby-Dick? How did The Adventures of Tom Sawyer impel Mark Twain to the radical rewrite that we know asHuckleberry Finn? Can we ever trust what novelists say about their own work? How could Franz Kafka have written a book calledAmerika without ever leaving Europe? In posing such questions, Doctorow grapples with literary creation not as a critic or as a scholarâbut as one working writer frankly contemplating the work of another. Itâs a perspective that affords him both protean grace and profound insight. Among the essays collected here are Doctorowâs musings on the very different Spanish Civil War novels of Ernest Hemingway and AndrÃ© Malraux; a candid assessment of Edgar Allan Poe as our âgreatest bad writerâ; and a bracing analysis of the story of Genesis, in which God figures as the most complex and riveting character. In examining the creative works of different times and disciplines, Doctorow also reveals the source and nature of his own artistry. Rich in aphorism and anecdote, steeped in history and psychology, informed by a lifetime of reading and writing,Creationists opens a magnificent window into one of the great creative minds of our time.