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Creationists - Selected Essays, 1993-2006

E.L. Doctorow

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E. L. Doctorow is acclaimed internationally for such novels as Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, and The March. Now here are Doctorow's rich, revelatory essays on the nature of imaginative thought. In Creationists, Doctorow considers creativity in its many forms: from the literary (Melville and Mark Twain) to the comic (Harpo Marx) to the cosmic (Genesis and Einstein). As he wrestles with the subjects that have teased and fired his own imagination, Doctorow affirms the idea that "we know by what we create." Just what is Melville doing in Moby-Dick? And how did The Adventures of Tom Sawyer impel Mark Twain to radically rewrite what we know as Huckleberry Finn? Can we ever trust what novelists say about their own work? How could Franz Kafka have written a book called Amerika without ever leaving Europe? In posing such questions, Doctorow grapples with literary creation not as a critic or as a scholar-but as one working writer frankly contemplating the work of another. It's a perspective that affords him both protean grace and profound insight. Among the essays collected here are Doctorow's musings on the very different Spanish Civil War novels of Ernest Hemingway and André Malraux; a candid assessment of Edgar Allan Poe as our "greatest bad writer"; a bracing analysis of the story of Genesis in which God figures as the most complex and riveting character. Whether he is considering how Harpo Marx opened our eyes to surrealism, the haunting photos with which the late German writer W. G. Sebald illustrated his texts, or the innovations of such literary icons as Heinrich von Kleist, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Sinclair Lewis, Doctorow is unfailingly generous, shrewd, attentive, surprising, and precise. In examining the creative works of different times and disciplines, Doctorow also reveals the source and nature of his own artistry. Rich in aphorism and anecdote, steeped in history and psychology, informed by a lifetime of reading and writing, Creationists opens a magnificent window into one of the great creative minds of ou

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English

Length:

4h 34m


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Chapter 1
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Chapter 2
Chapter 2

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Chapter 3
Chapter 3

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Chapter 4
Chapter 4

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Chapter 5
Chapter 5

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Chapter 6
Chapter 6

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Chapter 7
Chapter 7

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Chapter 8
Chapter 8

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Chapter 9
Chapter 9

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Chapter 10
Chapter 10

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Chapter 11
Chapter 11

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Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

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Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:44


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:42


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:00


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:31


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:59


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:02


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:58


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

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Chapter 44
Chapter 44

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Chapter 45
Chapter 45

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Chapter 46
Chapter 46

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Chapter 47
Chapter 47

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Chapter 48
Chapter 48

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Chapter 49
Chapter 49

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Chapter 50
Chapter 50

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Chapter 51
Chapter 51

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Chapter 52
Chapter 52

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Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:01


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:39


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

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Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:26


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:43


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:43


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:01


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:32


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:15


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:11


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:33


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:35


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:54


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:17


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:35


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:58


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

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Chapter 71
Chapter 71

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