Edgar Lawrence Doctorow


Edgar Lawrence Doctorow
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Edgar Lawrence Doctorow (January 6, 1931 – July 21, 2015) was an American author. He published in over thirty languages.

Edgar Lawrence ("E.L.") Doctorow was born in the Bronx, New York City, the son of second-generation Americans of Russian Jewish descent who named him after Edgar Allan Poe. He attended city public grade schools and the Bronx High School of Science where, surrounded by mathematically gifted children, he fled to the office of the school literary magazine, Dynamo. There, he published his first literary effort, The Beetle, which he describes as ”a tale of etymological self-defamation inspired by my reading of Kafka.”

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  • ''Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.''
    E.L. (Edgar Lawrence) Doctorow (b. 1931), U.S. novelist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, Oct. 1, 1990).
  • ''It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.''
    E.L. (Edgar Lawrence) Doctorow (b. 1931), U.S. novelist. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988). Said of his writ...
  • ''Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.''
    E.L. (Edgar Lawrence) Doctorow (b. 1931), U.S. novelist. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
  • ''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. (Edgar Lawrence) Doctorow (b. 1931), U.S. novelist. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
  • ''I try to avoid experience if I can. Most experience is bad.''
    E.L. (Edgar Lawrence) Doctorow (b. 1931), U.S. novelist. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1967).
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