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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (77 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. L. Doctorow Narrator: E. L. Doctorow Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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E. L. Doctorow is acclaimed internationally for such novels as Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, and The March. Here now are his rich, revelatory essays on the nature of imaginative thought. In Creationists, Doctorow considers creativity in its many forms, from the literary to the comic to the cosmic. As he wrestles with the subjects that have teased and fired his own imagination, Doctorow affirms that “we know by what we create.”

Just what is Melville doing in Moby-Dick? How did The Adventures of Tom Sawyer impel Mark Twain to the radical rewrite that 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”; and a bracing analysis of the story of Genesis, in which God figures as the most complex and riveting character.

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 our time.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Joslyn | 12/7/2013

    " happily, it's not about fundamentalists - it's a collection of essays analyzing specific authors & works of literature. i just wasn't in the mood for a formal scholarly tone, nor for literary analysis i guess, so i didn't finish the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fletcher Martin | 5/3/2013

    " Fell in love after reading the intro. The intro had more depth and insight than most full length novels. I hope the rest of the book follows suit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by SueAnn | 4/30/2013

    " A great resource for those studying literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andrew | 10/6/2012

    " Several great chapters in there. Favorites are the essays on Poe, Fitzgerald and Einstein. Doctorow's belief in "communal the ature of creativity," whether in the creation of a great novel or in a paradigm-altering scientific discovery, are beautifully argued. "

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