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.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.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1994-09-12 A collection of essays from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author addresses prominent works of American literature. (Oct.)
Publishers Weekly, 1993-08-02 The moral and political concerns that drive Doctorow's novels inform these 14 wholly engaging essays and reviews reprinted from the Nation , the New York Times Book Review , Harpers , etc. He presents masterful biographical-critical sketches of Jack London, ``our first writer-hero,'' who championed mutually exclusive ideas of democratic socialism and pseudoscientific racism; and Ernest Hemingway, whose unfinished novel The Garden of Eden arguably contains his most impressive heroine. Doctorow also illuminates Theodore Dreiser's moral vision, Thoreau's Walden , George Orwell's 1984 and poet James Wright, his undergraduate classmate at Kenyon from 1948 to 1952. His eloquent piece, ``A Citizen Reads the Constitution,'' taps that document's revolutionary democratic spirit. Elsewhere Doctorow faults the ``disastrous'' policies of Bush and Reagan, analyzes the emotive appeal of popular songs, excoriates apolitical novelists and plunges us into raw, cosmopolitan, riot-prone 19th-century New York City. (Oct.)
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