The Bravery of E. L. Doctorow

I was very sorry to hear of the passing of E. L. Doctorow, a truly great American artist whose work and career have long inspired in me a tremendous sense of gratitude. Three years ago, Don DeLillo, Jennifer Egan, and I worked together to choose a recipient for the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, which is meant to honor a lifetime of intense, sustained, and escalating achievement. With a real sense of awe, we selected E. L. Doctorow.

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