Literary Techniques

City of God, with its jumbled piecemeal style of conveying a story having a number of different themes and contextual strands, follows...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

Doctorow's ambitious City of God explores a number of themes, including evolution, theology, the Holocaust experience, philosophy, and...

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Social Concerns

E. L. Doctorow's novel City of God is arguably his most ambitious, intellectually probing, and controversial literary effort to date....

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Bloom, Harold, ed. E. L. Doctorow. New York: Chelsea House, 2001.

Fowler, Douglas. Understanding E. L. Doctorow. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1992.

Kakutani, Michiko. “Do Facts and Fiction Mix?” The New York Times Book Review, January 27, 1980, pp. 2-3, 28-29.

Levine, Paul. E. L. Doctorow. London: Methuen, 1985.

Morris, Christopher D. Conversations with E. L. Doctorow. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999.

Strout, Cushing. “Historizing Fiction and Fictionalizing History: The...

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Literary Precedents

The classic example of the jumbled-plot novel, with miscellaneous extraneous elements thrown in among the fragments of elusive plot,...

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Related Titles

Three other novels by Doctorow reflect his close affinity with New York: Big as Life (1966), a science fantasy about two incredibly...

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