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. 

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

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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



Website of author

Previous Book Review of Homer and Langley

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