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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

January 6th, 2002

In 1931, American novelist E.L. (Edgar Lawrence) Doctorow (Ragtime, 1975) is born in New York City.

E.L. Doctorow, b. January 6, 1931

After two early novels, a Western and a sci-fi satire, Doctorow caught the attention of readers and critics in 1971, at the age of forty, with The Book of Daniel, a searing novel based on the Rosenberg trials and executions. With Ragtime in 1975, he ingeniously mixed fiction with historical characters in a portrait of early-twentieth-century New York. He is a rarity among American writers: an author who lets his politics (leftish) inform his books. In vivid prose, he illuminates the modern history of his country with deeply imagined invention.

Suggested Reading Novels The Book of Daniel, 1971. Ragtime, 1975. Loon Lake, 1980. World’s Fair, 1985. Billy Bathgate, 1989. The Waterworks, 1994. City of God, 2000. The March, 2005. Short fiction Lives of the Poets: Six Stories and a Novella, 1984. Sweet Land Stories, 2004. Essays Jack London, Hemingway and the Constitution: Selected Essays, 1977-1992. Reporting the Universe, 2003.

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