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Novelist E.L. Doctorow Reimagines the Past

The author's books follow the lives of fictional characters in real historical situations. Several of them have been made into films. Doctorow's newest novel, Billy Bathgate, takes place in the criminal underworld of early-twentieth-century New York City.

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Other segments from the episode on March 14, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 14, 1989: Interview with E.L. Doctorow; Commentary on Sam Phillips; Interview with Robert MacNeil; Review of Anthony Lake's book "Somoza Falling."

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