“The writer isn’t made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses.
The reason we need writers is because we
need witnesses to this terrifying century.”
E. L. Doctorow
A few months back I heard that E. L. Doctorow had died. I was familiar with Doctorow’s writings, but had never read his work, so I immediately bought the iBook Ragtime. I couldn’t stop reading this novel and read it in a few hours.
Edgar Lawrence Doctorow aka E. L. Doctorow was an American author, editor, and professor. He was best known for his works of historical fiction and often described as one of the most important American novelists of the 20th century.
He wrote twelve novels, three volumes of short fiction and a stage drama. They included the award-winning novels Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, and The March. These, like many of his novels, placed fictional characters in recognizable historical contexts, with known historical figures, and often used different narrative styles. His stories were recognized for their originality and versatility, and Doctorow was praised for his imagination. To learn more about Doctorow and his writings, visit his website at: E. L. Doctorow.