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E. L. Doctorow

March 21-22, 2005

March 22 Discussion

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E. L. Doctorow

Since emerging as a major American writer with the publication of The Book of Daniel in 1971, E. L. Doctorow has become one of the most celebrated fiction writers of our time. Ragtime, his 1975 novel about the spirit of America between the turn of the century and the First World War, would soon be acknowledged as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century by the editorial board of the Modern Library. His later novels, which follow in the Doctorow tradition of mixing historical figures with fiction, include World's Fair (1985), Billy Bathgate (1989), and City of God (2000). In 1998, Ragtime was adapted into a Broadway musical. Doctorow is the recipient of the National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Guggenheim Fellow ship, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal.

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