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E. L. Doctorow brings the history of America into focus.

from Reader's Digest Magazine | May 2006

He’s brought U.S. history to life, weaving mesmerizing scenes that illuminate, entertain and educate. With his novels Ragtime, World’s Fair and The March (about Sherman’s dramatic journey during the Civil War), E. L. Doctorow has made his name synonymous with the best of American writing. The Manhattan resident claims never to know where ideas for his novels come from. “Even just a fragment of conversation might do it,” he says.

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