Drinks Before Dinner

Drinks Before Dinner

by E. L. Doctorow


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Drinks Before Dinner by E. L. Doctorow

This long-unavailable work by one of America’s most eminent and popular writers appears in paperback for the first time.

Drinks Before Dinner , called “witty and provocative” by the New York Times , is E.L. Doctorow’s only play. A tour-de-force of language and ideas concerning the individual’s role in and response to contemporary America, Drinks Before Dinner revolves around a dinner party for the economically privileged.

As Doctorow writes in his introduction, “[This play] deals in general statements about the most common circumstances of our lives, the numbers of us, the cars we drive, the television we watch, the cities we live in, our contraception and our armaments, and our underlying sense of the apocalypse…”

For the past two decades, E. L. Doctorow has been counted among the country’s best-regarded men of letters. His novels include The Book of Daniel , Ragtime , Loon Lake , Lives of the Poets , World’s Fair , Billy Bathgate and The Waterworks . He has also published a volume selected essays, Jack London, Hemmingway, and the Constitution . His writings have garnered the National Book Critics Circle Award, 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 lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781559361156
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Publication date: 04/01/1996
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

One of the most distinguished novelists of the 20th century, E.L. Doctorow (1931-2015) was the recipient of numerous writing awards, including National Book Critics Circle Awards for Ragtime, his best-known novel, which redefined what historical fiction could do, Billy Bathgate, and The March. He was also a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction. Through his fiction he brought whole chapters of America back to life.


Sag Harbor, New York, and New York, New York

Date of Birth:

January 6, 1931

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


A.B., Kenyon College, 1952; postgraduate study, Columbia University, 1952-53

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