Doctorow, E. L.
- Michelle M. Tokarczyk
Doctorow, E. L. (6 Jan. 1931–21 July 2015) novelist, short story writer, and essayist, was born Edgar Lawrence Doctorow in the Bronx, New York, the second son of David Richard Doctorow and Rose Levine Doctorow, both first-generation Russian Jews. He was named after the writer Edgar Allan Poe, whom Doctorow himself called America’s “greatest bad writer.” His father owned a musical instrument store; his mother was an accomplished pianist. During the Great Depression the family suffered serious financial setbacks, and Doctorow’s father lost his store. He then turned to selling home appliances. Despite his family’s financial difficulties, they provided their children with a rich cultural environment, frequently attending concerts and plays....