Announcement Conference

E.L. Doctorow to Give Keynote at 2005 Conference

Edgar Lawrence Doctorow, the distinguished novelist, was born in New York City in 1931. He is a 1952 graduate of Kenyon College and took graduate courses in English at Columbia University. He was senior editor for New American Library from 1959-1964 and editor-in-chief at Dial Press from 1964-1969. He has taught at several major universities and currently holds the Glucksman Chair in American Letters at New York University. He was elected to the American Academy and the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1984.
He is the author of seven novels, including The Book of Daniel (1971), which was nominated for a National Book award; Ragtime (1975), which won the First National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction as well as the Arts and Letters Award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters; and World’s Fair (1986) which won the National Book Award. He is also the author of a collection of short fiction, Lives of the Poets (1984) and a play, Drinks Before Dinner (1979). Doctorow’s latest novel, The March, was published by Random House on 20 September 2005. Based on extensive research on General Sherman’s March through Georgia and the Carolinas, the novel presents a rich cavalcade of characters from the North and the South, including the moody general himself.
Doctorow’s work is both lively and erudite and quite varied in form and prose style. He often uses actual historical figures such as Houdini, Emma Goldman, Teddy Roosevelt and Dutch Schultz. He is one of the most important living American novelists.