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Novelist E.L. Doctorow Reimagines the Past.

Writer E.L Doctorow His writing has been praised for bringing to life the traumatic events of American 20th Century history, like the Depression, World War II and Vietnam for the generations too young or too old to feel them. It was Doctorow's 1971 book, "The Book of Daniel," that established his reputation as a major American writer. The book was inspired by the Atom Spy Trials at the height of the McCarthy era. At the time, Doctorow was still working full-time as an editor, working with authors like James Baldwin and Norman Mailer. His latest novel, "Billy Bathgate," is the story of a 15-year-old boy's apprenticeship to the gangster Dutch Schultz. Doctorow also wrote the best-seller "Ragtime." (REBROADCAST. ORIGINAL DATE 3/14/89).

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Other segments from the episode on January 29, 1990

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, January 29, 1990: Interview with E. L. Doctorow; Review of Mel Lewis's albums "The Definitive Thad Jones, Vol. 1" and "The Lost Art"; Interview with Le Anne Schreiber;…

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