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E. L. Doctorow
Harter, Carol C.
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Boston : Twayne Publishers, 1990.
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xi, 143 pages ; 23 cm.
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PS3554.O3 Z69 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This is an introductory study written with unusual clarity and thoroughness. It traces Doctorow's career from the beginning through the publication, in 1985, of World's Fair, thus omitting only Billy Bathgate (1989), which came out as the book was going to press. Every element necessary to an understanding of Doctorow's art is examined here: his social and political themes, his brilliant reinterpretations of American history and myth, his experiments with a variety of fictional forms, and his practice of putting at the center of his novels a writer-figure of one kind or another. In addition, the authors give ample treatment to what they call the "profound, if bleak, vision of experience" that informs all of his works. A more in-depth examination of the political issues in Doctorow's writings appears in Paul Levine's E.L. Doctorow (CH, Nov'85), but Harter and Thompson's book provides the ideal starting point for readers who seek a brief, accurate overview of the formal as well as the thematic dimensions of this writer's craft. Useful primary and secondary bibliographies are provided. Appropriate for academic libraries (all levels) and public libraries. -C. G. Masinton, University of Kansas