Doctorow, E L

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(1931-2015) US writer who remains best known for Ragtime (1975), a novel that evokes the past with an hallucinatory power which edges its real-life and fictional characters into a fable-like milieu (see Fabulation). His first novel of any interest in a fantastic sense, Big as Life (1966), depicts Satirically the Dystopian response of the New York authorities when enormous beings suddenly appear in the city streets. Over the years, he has created a fabulated history for New York, his continuing central venue; his modes presentation vary, but The Waterworks (1994), set in a Steampunk version of the nineteenth-century city, is an intricate tale of conspiracy and Suspended Animation [JC]

Edgar Laurence Doctorow

born New York: 6 January 1931

died New York: 21 July 2015

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