E.L. Doctorow

The author tells George Plimpton about the trouble he has writing absence notes for his daughter and argues that it isn't necessary to go to war to become a writer.

Published December 19, 2000 9:00AM (EST)

E.L. Doctorow's powerful and innovative novels of American social turmoil include "The Book of Daniel," "Ragtime," "Billy Bathgate" and "City of God." He is the recipient of the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award (twice), the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Humanities Medal. He lives in New York and has taught in the creative writing program at New York University.

In this recording, Doctorow talks to George Plimpton about the necessity of experience in writing, the revealing statements people make about their own lives and why it's still hard for him to write absence notes for his young daughter.

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By Interview by George Plimpton

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