Welcome to Hard Times

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Vintage Books, 1992 - Fiction - 212 pages
22 Reviews

Doctorow's magnificent first novel follows the story of how the town of Hard Times in the Dakota Territory got its name. An early example of the brilliance of Doctorow, repackaged to match World's Fair and his other bestsellers. Reprint from Bantam.

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Doctorow's crisp writing style makes this a quick read. - Goodreads
Love the spare writing style for emotional impact. - Goodreads
The writing is taut and just about perfect. - Goodreads
This book moves with the pace of a gold rush. - Goodreads
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Review: Welcome to Hard Times

User Review  - Sally Grey - Goodreads

The writing wasn't always clear. My lack or the writer's? But it was a good read. Hard times, indeed. Read full review

Review: Welcome to Hard Times

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This book moves with the pace of a gold rush. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
21
Section 3
32
Copyright

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About the author (1992)

Edgar Lawrence (E.L.) Doctorow was born January 6, 1931, in New York, N.Y. Doctorow's best known works include The Book of Daniel (1971); Ragtime (1975); Loon Lake (1980); World's Fair (1985); Billy Bathgate (1989); and The Waterworks (1994). Media adaptations include Welcome to Hard Times, filmed in 1967 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Ragtime, filmed in 1981 by Dino De Laurentiis; The Book of Daniel, a 1983 Paramount film; and Billy Bathgate, the 1991 film starring Dustin Hoffman. Doctorow's writings have won him numerous accolades. Among them, National Book Award nominations were given to The Book of Daniel in 1972 and Billy Bathgate in 1990, and the award went to World's Fair in 1986. The National Book Critics Circle Award was given to Ragtime in 1976 and Billy Bathgate in 1990. Billy Bathgate also received the PEN/Faulkner Award and the William Dean Howells Medal in 1990. Doctorow began his career as a script reader at Columbia Pictures and as a senior editor for the New American Library, 1959-64. He was editor-in-chief for Dial Press from 1964 to 1969, where he also served as vice president and publisher in his last year on staff. He was a writer-in-residence, 1969-70, at the University of California, Irvine, and was a member of the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College from 1971 to 1978. He became Professor of English and American Letters at New York University in 1982. Doctorow married the writer Helen Esther Setzer on August 20, 1954. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1953 to 1955. Doctorow received an A.B. in philosophy (with honors) in 1952 from Kenyon College and did graduate work at Columbia University 1952-53. He has also received numerous honorary degrees.

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