Lives of the Poets: A Novella and Six Stories (Paperback)

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Innocence is lost to unforgettable experience in these brilliant stories by E. L. Doctorow, as full of mystery and meaning as any of the longer works by this American master. In The Writer in the Family, a young man learns the difference between lying and literature after he is induced into deceiving a relative through letters. In Wili, an early-twentieth-century idyll is destroyed by infidelity. In The Foreign Legation, a girl and an act of political anarchy collide with devastating results. These and other stories flow into the novella Lives of the Poets, in which the images and themes of the earlier stories become part of the narrator's unsparing confessions about his own mind, offering a rare look at the creative process and its connection to the heart.

About the Author

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1941) was one of the literary titans of the 20th century. A member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s, Fitzgerald's writings best captured what he termed "The Jazz Age," a period of declining traditional American values, prohibition and speakeasies, and great leaps in modernist trends.

Praise For…

“Extraordinary beauty and power . . . a book to fall in love with.”—Chicago Tribune Book World
“Better than any fiction I know, Lives of the Poets illuminates the sources from which fiction springs.”—Newsweek
“Doctorow is an impeccable stylist, a man who writes with exceptional clarity and precision.”—Publishers Weekly
“Invaluable . . . Doctorow’s subtlest work of fiction.”—New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780812981186
ISBN-10: 0812981189
Publisher: Random House Trade
Publication Date: June 29th, 2010
Pages: 145
Language: English