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Conversations With E.L. Doctorow



Criticism & Commentary


# Date Publisher Binding Cover
1 1999-00-00 University Press of Mississippi  

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So sharp-witted and eloquent is E.L. Doctorow, every one of the interviews collected here reads like a polished essay on the state of the contemporary novel and fiction"s moral imperative. An excellent subject not only because of his dynamic intellect and radical humanitarianism but because, as editor Morris puts it, the "utter unpredictability of his works" enables Doctorow to illuminate many of the mysteries of creative writing. Doctorow talks about how Hawthorne and Chekhov influence his work, discusses the fluid line between fiction and nonfiction, explains that his novels are both autobiographical and invented, and declares that all novels are political. Formerly the editor-in-chief at Dial, Doctorow offers insights into the publishing business, and, having experienced cinematic adaptations of his work, speaks forcefully about film and television. Each rigorous and surprising conversation (Doctorow"s interviewers are no slouches) crackles with the fire of Doctorow"s convictions and profound belief in literature"s role in safeguarding liberty and justice.

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