"Andrew's Brain, by E. L. Doctorow
." The Washington Post, 13 Jan.
Bercovitch's argument provides a theoretical framework crucial to appreciating E. L. Doctorow
's The Book of Daniel.
E. L. Doctorow
, the author of 12 novels, is best known for his works of historical fiction, including World's Fair, which won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1985, and Ragtime (1975).
As one might expect of E. L. Doctorow
, most are placed in a generic urban or suburban environment.
There is, however, a contrapuntal lineage, going back to Nathanael West and encompassing E. L. Doctorow
, Grace Paley, even (inasmuch as we can frame him as a writer) Bob Dylan, for whom the experience of being Jewish is less text than subtext, part of an elastic point of view.
The appeal and the troubling blind spots of Arendt's political philosophy can be illuminated through comparison with the American novelist, E. L. Doctorow
, who majored in philosophy at Kenyon College in the early 1950s.
Is it fair to compare E. L. Doctorow
to Henry James?
Sartre said he had read Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) and E. L. Doctorow
's Book of Daniel (1971).
NEAR THE END OF E. L. DOCTOROW
'S THE MARCH, General William Tecumseh Sherman watches his army parade through Southern streets in the aftermath of a successful "March to the Sea." As he watches his men pass beneath him, "somewhat less proud than usual of their shabby grooming and dusty uniforms," Sherman longs to return to life on the march--"not for [the] blood and death" of the violent campaign, but for its "bestowal of meaning to the very ground trod upon." For Sherman, the march "made every field and swamp and river and road into something of moral consequence," giving him and his army a sense of purpose.
E. L. Doctorow
's The March traces the Civil War experiences of the people who followed William Tecumseh Sherman's scorched earth campaign.
Based on E. L. Doctorow
's classic novel, with choreography by Graciela Daniele, Ragtime also opens on Broadway in January; it premiered in Toronto in December 1996 and Los Angeles last May.