Edgar Lawrence Doctorow


Edgar Lawrence Doctorow Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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 writing technique.
  • ''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).
  • ''There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.''
    E.L. (Edgar Lawrence) Doctorow (b. 1931), U.S. novelist. New York Times Book Review (Jan. 27, 1988).
  • ''History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.''
    E.L. (Edgar Lawrence) Doctorow (b. 1931), U.S. novelist. Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).

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