E. L. Doctorow

Works that illuminate the mind at play and the body under stress.

Few writers have had a larger influence on American lettersin the last half-century than E. L. Doctorow. In novelslike  RagtimeBilly Bathgate and The March,the lives of ordinary citizens collide with events thatwill dwell in the nation’s memory. His recent book of new and collected stories, All the Timein the World, yields the penetrating moral investigations that characterizeall of the author’s work.  Here, E.L. Doctorow recommends three booksthat expand our understanding of the mind’s grasp and ambition’sreach.

Books by E. L. Doctorow


Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity

By Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

“A highly personal consideration of the life and work of the great excommunicated Jewish secularist philosopher, I found it insightful and eloquently presented.”


Proust Was a Neuroscientist

By Jonah Lehrer

“This is an original study of the poets, novelists, painters, and composers whose work anticipated the discoveries of contemporary cognitive science. A convincing case for the prophetic capacities of art.”


South: The Endurance Expedition

By Ernest Shackleton

“Depicts Shackleton’s disastrous transcontinental voyage across Antarctica — how he and his men were stranded and the harrowing super-human means by which they survived their years on the ice and returned to civilization. This is a painfully beautiful work.”