Books by E.L. Doctorow

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E. L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime has been a consensus choice on lists of the greatest novels of the 20th century, and his long career as the author of twelve novels and other works of short fiction, essays, and stage drama has been multiply honored with awards such as the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and many more. Ragtime was also adapted for a triumphant film starring Elizabeth McGovern, Howard E. Rollins Jr., James Cagney, Mandy Patinkin, Mary Steenburgen and Norman Mailer and directed by Milos Forman. Mr. Doctorow died of complications from lung cancer in Manhattan on July 21, 2015.

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Ragtime: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Ragtime: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
by E.L. Doctorow
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all timePublished in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War. The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction
Welcome to Hard Times: A Novel
Welcome to Hard Times: A Novel
by E.L. Doctorow
Here is E. L. Doctorow’s debut novel, a searing allegory of frontier life that sets the stage for his subsequent classics.Hard Times is the name of a town in the barren hills of the Dakota Territory. To this town there comes one day one of the reckless sociopaths who wander the West to kill and rape and pillage. By the time he is through...
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Categories: Action and Adventure; All Westerns
Andrew's Brain: A Novel
Andrew's Brain: A Novel
by E.L. Doctorow
This brilliant novel by an American master, the author of Ragtime, The Book of Daniel, Billy Bathgate, and The March, takes us on a radical trip into the mind of a man who, more than once in his life, has been the inadvertent agent of disaster.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, SLATE, AND THE...
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Categories: All Contemporary Fiction & Literature; All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
Billy Bathgate: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
Billy Bathgate: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
by E.L. Doctorow
To open this book is to enter the perilous, thrilling world of Billy Bathgate, the brazen boy who is accepted into the inner circle of the notorious Dutch Schultz gang. Like an urban Tom Sawyer, Billy takes us along on his fateful adventures as he becomes good-luck charm, apprentice, and finally protégé to one of the great murdering...
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World's Fair: A Novel
World's Fair: A Novel
by E.L. Doctorow
Winner of the National Book Award • “Marvelous . . . You get lost in World’s Fair as if it were an exotic adventure. You devour it with the avidity usually provoked by a suspense thriller.”—The New York TimesHailed by critics from coast to coast and by readers of all ages, this resonant novel is one of E.L. Doctorow’s greatest works of...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction
The Book of Daniel: A Novel
The Book of Daniel: A Novel
by E.L. Doctorow
The central figure of this novel is a young man whose parents were executed for conspiring to steal atomic secrets for Russia.His name is Daniel Isaacson, and as the story opens, his parents have been dead for many years. He has had a long time to adjust to their deaths. He has not adjusted. Out of the shambles of his childhood, he has...
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City of God: A Novel
City of God: A Novel
by E.L. Doctorow
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   With brilliant and audacious strokes, E. L. Doctorow creates a breathtaking collage of memories, events, visions, and provocative thought, all centered on an idea of the modern reality of God. At the heart of this stylistically daring tour de force is a detective story about a cross that vanishes from a...
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Categories: All Contemporary Fiction & Literature; All Religious Fiction
All the Time in the World: New and Selected Stories
All the Time in the World: New and Selected Stories
by E.L. Doctorow
From a master of modern American letters comes an enthralling collection of brilliant short fiction about people who, as E. L. Doctorow notes in his Preface, are somehow “distinct from their surroundings—people in some sort of contest with the prevailing world.” Containing six unforgettable stories that have never appeared in book form...
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Creationists: Selected Essays, 1993-2006
Creationists: Selected Essays, 1993-2006
by E.L. Doctorow
E. L. Doctorow is acclaimed internationally for such novels as Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, and The March. Now here are Doctorow’s rich, revelatory essays on the nature of imaginative thought. In Creationists, Doctorow considers creativity in its many forms: from the literary (Melville and Mark Twain) to the comic (Harpo Marx) to the cosmic...
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Categories: Writing and Publishing
Sweet Land Stories
Sweet Land Stories
by E.L. Doctorow
One of America’s premier writers, the bestselling author of Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, The Book of Daniel, and World’s Fair turns his astonishing narrative powers to the short story in five dazzling explorations of who we are as a people and how we live. Ranging over the American continent from Alaska to Washington, D.C., these superb...
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Categories: Action and Adventure
Homer & Langley: A Novel
Homer & Langley: A Novel
by E.L. Doctorow
“Beautiful and haunting . . . one of literature’s most unlikely picaresques, a road novel in which the rogue heroes can’t seem to leave home.”—The Boston GlobeSHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago Tribune • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The Kansas...
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Categories: All Contemporary Fiction & Literature; All Historical Fiction
The Waterworks: A Novel
The Waterworks: A Novel
by E.L. Doctorow
“An elegant page-turner of nineteenth-century detective fiction.” –The Washington Post Book World One rainy morning in 1871 in lower Manhattan, Martin Pemberton a freelance writer, sees in a passing stagecoach several elderly men, one of whom he recognizes as his supposedly dead and buried father. While trying to unravel the mystery...
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Loon Lake: A Novel
Loon Lake: A Novel
by E.L. Doctorow
The hero of this dazzling novel by American master E. L. Doctorow is Joe, a young man on the run in the depths of the Great Depression. A late-summer night finds him alone and shivering beside a railroad track in the Adirondack mountains when a private railcar passes. Brightly lit windows reveal well-dressed men at a table and, in...
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Drinks Before Dinner: A Play
Drinks Before Dinner: A Play
by E.L. Doctorow
The long-unavailable work by one of America's most eminent writers. Drinks Before Dinner, called “witty and provocative” by the New York Times, is E.L. Doctorow’s only play. A tour-de-force of language and ideas concerning the individual’s role in and response to contemporary America, Drinks Before Dinner revolves around a dinner party...
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Categories: All Nonfiction
Lives of the Poets: A Novella and Six Stories (Random House Reader's Circle)
Lives of the Poets: A Novella and Six Stories (Random House Reader's Circle)
by E.L. Doctorow
Innocence is lost to unforgettable experience in these brilliant stories by E. L. Doctorow, as full of mystery and meaning as any of the longer works by this American master. In “The Writer in the Family,” a young man learns the difference between lying and literature after he is induced into deceiving a relative through letters. In...
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Jack London, Hemingway, and the Constitution:: Selected Essays, 1977-1992
Jack London, Hemingway, and the Constitution:: Selected Essays, 1977-1992
by E.L. Doctorow
The bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ragtime and Billy Bathgate has compiled his first collection of essays, a richly textured and detailed combination of literary criticism, political invective, and historical meditation.
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Categories: Unknown
Doctorow: Collected Stories
Doctorow: Collected Stories
by E.L. Doctorow
A superb collection of fifteen stories—including “Wakefield,” the inspiration for the film starring Bryan Cranston —by the author of Ragtime , The March , The Book of Daniel, and Billy Bathgate He has been called “a national treasure” by George Saunders. Doctorow’s great topic, said Don DeLillo, is “the reach of American...
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Categories: All Contemporary Fiction & Literature
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