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Reporting the Universe

Reporting the Universe

E. L. Doctorow

ISBN 9780674016286

Publication date: 09/30/2004

"The writer," according to Emerson, "believes all that can be thought can be written...In his eyes a man is the faculty of reporting, and the universe is the possibility of being reported." And what writer worth his name, E. L. Doctorow asks, will not seriously, however furtively, take on the universe? Human consciousness, personal history, American literature, religion, and politics--these are the far-flung coordinates of the universe that Doctorow reports here, a universe that uniquely and brilliantly reflects our contemporary scene.


  • Whether he's contemplating the irony of our "God-soaked country" being officially secular, or his father's love of Edgar Allan Poe, "our greatest bad writer" (for whom he was named Edgar), or deriding the "mendacity" of politicians, Doctorow is here, as in his fiction, a wordsmith of the first order. It's a pleasure to read these essays--some autobiographical, some literary, some dealing with issues of the day--full of memorable phrases and evocative images, as well as incisive ideas.

    —Publishers Weekly


  • E. L. Doctorow held the Glucksman Chair in American and English Letters at New York University.

Book Details

  • 144 pages
  • 0-5/16 x 5 x 7-1/2 inches
  • Harvard University Press