E. L. Doctorow
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"Edgar Lawrence "E. L." Doctorow" is an American author. He is known internationally for his unique works of historical fiction.

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Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.

Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.

It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.

The writer isn't made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century.

In the twentieth century one of the most personal relationships to have developed is that of the person and the state. It's become a fact of life that governments have become very intimate with people, most always to their detriment.

History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.