De schrijver verhaalt zijn levensloop in het Amerika van de eerste helft van de 20ste eeuw. Er treden bekende personen op, van John Pierpont Morgan en Henry Ford tot illusionist en boeienkoning Houdini. Er zijn anekdotische passages en soms aardige milieuschilderingen; een strakke opbouw van het verhaal ontbreekt. De tekening van personen en situaties blijft oppervlakkig. Ook verfilmd. Paperback met introductie (7 p.) van Al Alvarez; normale druk.
Edgar Lawrence Doctorow (January 6, 1931 – July 21, 2015) was an American novelist, editor, and professor, best known internationally for his works of historical fiction.
He wrote twelve novels, three volumes of short fiction and a stage drama. They included the award-winning novels Ragtime (1975), Billy Bathgate (1989), and The March (2005). These, like many of his other works, placed fictional characters in recognizable historical contexts, with known historical figures, and often used different narrative styles. His stories were recognized for their originality and versatility, and Doctorow was praised for his audacity and imagination.
A number of Doctorow's novels and short stories were also adapted for the screen, including Welcome to Hard Times (1967) starring Henry Fonda, Daniel (1983) starring Timothy Hutton, Billy Bathgate (1991) starring Dustin Hoffman, and Wakefield (2016)…Read more on Wikipedia