Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20131025, 20060913, 20060308
In November 2013, the National Book Foundation presents the noted novelist E.L. Doctorow with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Doctorow, author of Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, has always been fascinated with blending historical facts into his own fiction. In his novel, The March, he turned his attention toward the Civil War and Sherman's march through the south, which earned him both the National Book Critics Circle and the PEN/Faulkner Awards. He talks about his creative process and reads from The March, which was also a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the 2005 National Book Award.
Poet Susan Aizenberg discusses the use of fiction within poetry, admitting that she draws from real life, but notes that there is a distinction between truth and fact. Recently retired from teaching at Nebraska's Creighton University, she reads fr...
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