Tuesday, April 5, 2016

D = DOCTOROW, E L - Author, A-Z Blog Challenge 2016

E. L. Doctorow - American novelist, 20th Century


E.L. Doctorow,, Author, Image Credit*

D = Doctorow, E. L. - Author, Editor, and Professor
Theme = Authors AtoZ

Edgar Lawrence "E. L." Doctorow, (January 6, 1931 - July 21, 2015) was best known internationally for his works of historical fiction. He wrote twelve novels, three volumes of short fiction and a stage drama. They included the award winning novels, Ragtime (1975), Billy Bathgate (1989), and The March (2005). Doctorow won numerous awards, too many to name them all in this post. Refer to the wiki link if you are interested.

A number of Doctorow's novels were adapted to the large screen, but his most notable was for the film, Ragtime in 1981 and the Broadway musical version in 1988. Billy Bathgate followed in 1991 with Dustin Hoffman in the starring role. 

Immense research was required for Doctorow to create stories based on real events and characters. That research was then woven into the fiction. Doctorow told tales of what had happened in certain situations so we would learn and not repeat the errors that had already been made. You need to know a bit about the past to understand the present.

During his writing career, Doctorow spent nine years as a book editor, working with Ian Fleming and Ayn Rand among others. He was known by his own editors to be thorough and particular with his manuscripts. They arrived polished and finished. . .

Doctorow succumbed to an ongoing fight with cancer and died July 21, 2015, aged 84. His legacy of historical fiction will keep his name circulating for years to come. 

From DG:

* * Homer and Langley, a tale about two brothers from a well to do family in New York relates how a disability and an untreated mental condition contributed to their withdrawal from the outside world.. Read my past review of this novel. 






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Have you read any of these novels by Doctorow: Homer and Langley, Ragtime, Billy Bathgate or The March?

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here and I'll respond. Thanks for stopping by!

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It's April again and time for the 2016 Blogging from A to Z challenge  This is my 4th year participating in the challenge! (Previous A to Z  posts at the top of my blog page tabs are: Art A-Z, French Faves, Paris, Etc. 

Thanks to originator Lee (Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out), and the co-hosts and co-host teams who make the challenge run smoothly. See the list of participants, and other important information at the A to Z Blog site.  The basic idea is to blog every day in April except Sundays (26 days). On April 1st, you begin with the letter A, April 2 is the letter B, and so on. Posts can be random or use a theme.


Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2016 - Badge

A to Z Blog List


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REFERENCES:

Website of author
http://www.eldoctorow.com

Previous Book Review of Homer and Langley
http://dghudson-rainwriting.blogspot.ca/2013/06/el-doctorow-homer-and-langley-new-york.html

* Image Credit:  Doctorow by Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

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17 comments:

  1. Interesting post. I hope one day to be able to achieve a polished and finished script before even sending it off to the editor :) That would be cool. I like the notion of "You need to know a bit about the past to understand the present." Learning from our mistakes is key to progress.

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    1. I'm a perfectionist (so says my doctor) but the manuscripts don't seem to reach that perfect stage very easily. . .

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  2. I've heard of Ragtime and Billy Bathgate but I didn't know who wrote them.

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    1. That is true of many films, JoJo, we don't always know that it came from a book first. I dislike books that are written after the film which usually read like a script.

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  3. I've most likely seen the movies which sometimes stops me from reading the books they're based on. Not proud of that statement. :(

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    1. I'm guilty of that same crime, too, Yolanda, if I totally know what happens, I don't always make the effort to read the book after I've seen the film.

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  4. I didn't realize he worked as editor for Ann Rand and Ian Fleming. I am staggered by the amount of research he did for his novels.

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    1. Imagine the differences between those two authors. . .if Doctorow's manuscripts were without error, as his editors say, it was likely because of his attention to detail.

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  5. Since I'm working on my own historical novel, I can appreciate how hard a task this can be. I have heard of some of his work, but have not read them. Thanks for spotlighting this noted author!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Tamara! I've got to read more of his writing, too.

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  6. Sorry to say I haven't read any of his novels yet.

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    1. This is my first, too, LG, thanks for dropping by! Hope all is well with you!

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  7. I've never read any of his novels, but of course I've heard of him. Didn't hear of his passing, though.

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    1. It seems last year we lost quite a few writers. E.L. Doctorow was one of them.

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  8. Hi DG - his name has certainly come up quite often, particularly when I've been listening or reading things - I'm aware of him .. but I'd never read or knew anything about him .. the mix of Ayn Rand and Fleming .. does seem stimulating (I guess) ... then his thoroughness - I hope we're all taking note.

    All the best - cheers Hilary

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  9. I haven't read his writing, but I guess I should!!!

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  10. I read Ragtime a long time ago, but nothing else. You are doing a wonderful job here. I'm not really into this A to Z, just writing my posts for myself, but I will visit here, because I love what you are doing and the effort it must have taken. Stay well, my friend.

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