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Sunday, December 12, 2021

Fiction or History?


Whether he’s writing fiction or history, E.L. Doctorow believes in telling the truth. His novel, The March, was popular with critics and the masses alike. What was Doctorow's intention as he mixed fiction with history?


"My purpose for writing this book was to finish writing this book," the writer said matter-of-factly.


Doctorow found the subject of Sherman's march worth exploring. "Sherman's march uprooted an entire civilization. Freed slaves attached themselves to the march, and so did white people whose lives were disrupted, both poor and wealthy alike."


Among U.S. Generals, Doctorow says Sherman and Grant are the best writers. "Their memoirs are well worth reading." And more so than some memoirs, they attempt to tell the truth.


Learn more about E.L. Doctorow and his writing at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._L._Doctorow 

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