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Homer & Langley: A Novel
 
 
Author
E.L. Doctorow.
Publisher Random House  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9780812975635
Pages/Publication Date 208/2010
Daedalus Item Code 31277
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(2009 International Man Booker Prize Finalist) The author of Ragtime, World's Fair, and The March, National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award winner E.L. Doctorow here imagines the lives of New York's famously reclusive Collyer brothers. Homer and Langley—one blind and deeply intuitive, the other damaged by mustard gas in the Great War—hole up in their Fifth Avenue mansion, occasionally scouring the streets for materials to use in Langley's wildly visionary projects. Immigrants, prostitutes, society women, government agents, gangsters, and jazz musicians all invade their haven over the following decades, as the pair struggle to survive and create meaning for themselves in their private world.

"Doctorow, whose literary trophy shelf has got to be overflowing by now, delivers a small but sweeping masterpiece about the infamous New York hermits, the Collyer brothers.... Outsiders wander through the house, exposing it as a living museum of artifacts, Americana, obscurity and simmering madness. Doctorow's achievement is in not undermining the dignity of two brothers who share a lush landscape built on imagination and incapacities. It's a feat of distillation, vision and sympathy."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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