Master of Historical Fiction E. L. Doctorow in conversation with Roger Rosenblatt at the Chautauqua Institute.
E. L. Doctorow is best known for his works The Book of Daniel and Ragtime. Doctorow's most recent book is The March, set during the Civil War.<
Roger Rosenblatt is a successful author and journalist, and a staple of the Chautauqua Institute.
E. L. Doctorow
E. L. Doctorow is the author of eleven novels, the most recent of which is "Homer & Langley." He has won three National Book Critics Circle Awards, for "Ragtime," "Billy Bathgate," and "The March," and a National Book Award, for "World's Fair." In 1998, he received a National Humanities Medal. His new story collection, "All the Time in the World," comes out next spring and will include "Edgemont Drive," from the April 26th issue of The New Yorker.
Roger Rosenblatt is a journalist, author, playwright, and teacher. William Safire of the New York Times wrote that his work represents "some of the most profound and stylish writing in America today." His television essays for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS have won a Peabody and an Emmy award. His essays for TIME magazine have won two George Polk Awards, awards from the American Bar Association, the Overseas Press Club, and others.
Rosenblatt's journalism career began in 1975 as literary editor of The New Republic. He has also been a columnist and editor-at-large for Life magazine, the editor of U.S. News & World Report, a columnist and editorial board member of The Washington Post and editor-at-large of TIME, Inc. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Esquire and elsewhere.
He is the author of ten books, including a collection of his writings, The Man in the Water, Coming Apart: A Memoir of the Harvard Wars of 1969, and the national bestseller, Rules for Aging. His book Children of War (1983) won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent book, Lapham Rising (2006), his first novel, was loosely based on the lecture he delivered on major trends of the 20th century at Chautauqua in 2004.
Rosenblatt is currently a professor in the English department at Stony Brook University, where he teaches in the writing program at Stony Brook Southampton. He was most recently the Edward R. Murrow Visiting Professor of the Practice of the Press and Public Policy at Harvard University and held the Parsons Family Chair at the Southampton graduate campus of Long Island University.
Acclaimed author E.L. Doctorow discusses what he calls the danger of rewriting and how "everything the writer does is problematical." He recalls various mistakes and problems he faced in his own novel-writing process.
Acclaimed author E.L. Doctorow recalls "outlaw" writers, such as Herman Melville, Virgina Woolfe, and James Joyce, whose work "destroyed everything that was easy" by deconstructing the structure of the traditional novel. He also answers whether he considers himself an outlaw writer.