National Book Foundation, National Book Awards to Honor Novelist E.L. Doctorow and Dr. Maya Angelou
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E. L. DOCTOROW
Named after Edgar Allen Poe, Edgar Lawrence Doctorow was born on January 6, 1931 and raised in the Bronx, New York. He began his literary career as a reader at Columbia Pictures, and then worked as an editor for New American Library from 1959 to 1964, moving on to serve as editor in chief of Dial Press until 1969. It was at this time that he decided to write full time.
His body of work spans fifty years, has been published in more than 30 languages, and consists of novels, short stories, essays, and a play. Doctorow's debut novel, a Western, Welcome to Hard Times (Simon & Schuster, 1960) was adapted for a film of the same name in 1967. He won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1986 for World's Fair, and was a Fiction Finalist four other times: in 1972 for The Book of Daniel, in 1982 for Loon Lake, in 1989 for Billy Bathgate, and in 2005 for The March.
Doctorow's novel Ragtime (1975) received the first National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 1976, was named one of the 100 best English-language novels of the twentieth century by the editorial board of the Modern Library, and was adapted for a motion picture in 1981 and a Broadway musical in 1998. His upcoming novel, Andrew's Brain, will be published in early 2014.
Among Doctorow's other honors are three National Book Critics Circle Awards, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, and the presidentially conferred National Humanities Medal in 1998. He holds the Lewis and Loretta Glucksman chair in English and American Letters at New York University.