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Doctorow's magnificent first novel follows the story of how the town of Hard Times in the Dakota Territory got its name. An early example of the brilliance of Doctorow, repackaged to match World's Fair and his other bestsellers. Reprint from Bantam.
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Overview

Doctorow's magnificent first novel follows the story of how the town of Hard Times in the Dakota Territory got its name. An early example of the brilliance of Doctorow, repackaged to match World's Fair and his other bestsellers. Reprint from Bantam.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394731070
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/12/1975
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

E. L. Doctorow
E. L. Doctorow
Few writers have succeeded as E. L. Doctorow has at creating stories (largely based in 1930s New York) that evoke both warm, personal memory and a grander national portrait. Doctorow doesn't always promise historical veracity, but he captures our imagination of the past flawlessly.

Biography

E. L. Doctorow, one of America's preeminent authors, has received the National Book Critics Circle Award (twice), the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Edith Wharton Citation For Fiction, and the William Dean Howells medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has also published a volume of selected essays Jack London, Hemingway, and the Constitution, and a play, Drinks Before Dinner, which was produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival. He resides in New Rochelle, New York.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

Good To Know

Doctorow began his career as a reader for Columbia Pictures. He went on to work as an editor for New American Library in the early 1960s, and then served as chief editor at Dial Press from 1964 to 1969.

Critics assailed Doctorow for delivering a commencement address critical of President George W. Bush at Hofstra University in May 2004.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Edgar Lawrence Doctorow (full name; named for Edgar Allan Poe)
      Edgar Laurence Doctorow
    2. Hometown:
      Sag Harbor, New York, and New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 6, 1931
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      A.B., Kenyon College, 1952; postgraduate study, Columbia University, 1952-53
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Good book on boom and bust town in old west

    We'll written story of the boom / bust towns in the old west
    Well drawn characters with an unexpected ending

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2002

    It's a great story

    This is Doctorow's first novel, and after reading it, you see from the very beginning he was a great writer. It's an ambitious treatment of evil, cowardice, love and family, wrapped up in an great western tale (of the spaghetti type). The Bad Man destroys the town and everyone in it in the first few pages. After that the human spirit thrives (sort of) as a few attempt to rebuild the town and their lives. And look for redemption.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2000

    Not bad for a western....

    I'm not partial to westerns, this is the first I've read, by force because it was a school assignment. To my suprise, the book was actually quite good and griped my attention enough for me to finish it 3 days.If you've never read a western, this may be a good book for you to try.

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