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Homer & Langley

Doctorow, E. L.

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ISBN 10: 1400064945 / ISBN 13: 9781400064946
Published by Random House, New York, 2009
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First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Signed by the author on the title page: "E. L. Doctorow." The book is tight, square, and unmarked; corners sharp; tail of spine lightly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $26.00); "Autographed Copy" sticker on front panel. Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002837

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From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The Book of Daniel, World?s Fair, and The March, the novels of E. L. Doctorow comprise one of the most substantive achievements of modern American fiction. Now, with Homer & Langley, this master novelist has once again created an unforgettable work.

Homer and Langley Collyer are brothers?the one blind and deeply intuitive, the other damaged into madness, or perhaps greatness, by mustard gas in the Great War. They live as recluses in their once grand Fifth Avenue mansion, scavenging the city streets for things they think they can use, hoarding the daily newspapers as research for Langley?s proposed dateless newspaper whose reportage will be as prophecy. Yet the epic events of the century play out in the lives of the two brothers?wars, political movements, technological advances?and even though they want nothing more than to shut out the world, history seems to pass through their cluttered house in the persons of immigrants, prostitutes, society women, government agents, gangsters, jazz musicians . . . and their housebound lives are fraught with odyssean peril as they struggle to survive and create meaning for themselves.

Brilliantly conceived, gorgeously written, this mesmerizing narrative, a free imaginative rendering of the lives of New York?s fabled Collyer brothers, is a family story with the resonance of myth, an astonishing masterwork unlike any that have come before from this great writer.

Review: ?Cunningly panoramic?Doctorow has packed this tale with episodes of existential wonder that cpature the brothers in all their fascinating wackiness.? ?Elle
?Doctorow paints on a sweeping historical canvas, imagining the Collyer brothers as witness to the aspirations and transgressions of 20th century America; yet this book?s most powerfully moving moments are the quiet ones, when the brothers relish a breath of cool morning air, and each other?s tragically exclusive company.? ? O Magazine
?Doctorow works his usual magic in bringing history to life and larding it with disturbing implications?As with much of Doctorow?s masterful fiction, "Homer & Langley" turns the American dream on its ear, offering us a glimpse of the dark side of our national?and personal?eccentricities.? ? BookPage
?Following the panoramic scope of "The March," Doctorow creates a microcosmic and mythi

Cunningly panoramic Doctorow has packed this tale with episodes of existential wonder that cpature the brothers in all their fascinating wackiness. Elle
Doctorow paints on a sweeping historical canvas, imagining the Collyer brothers as witness to the aspirations and transgressions of 20th century America; yet this book s most powerfully moving moments are the quiet ones, when the brothers relish a breath of cool morning air, and each other s tragically exclusive company. O Magazine
Doctorow works his usual magic in bringing history to life and larding it with disturbing implications As with much of Doctorow s masterful fiction, Homer & Langley turns the American dream on its ear, offering us a glimpse of the dark side of our national and personal eccentricities. BookPage
Following the panoramic scope of The March, Doctorow creates a microcosmic and mythic tale of compulsion, alienation, and dark metamorphosis inspired by the famously eccentric Collyer brothers of New York City Doctorow has Homer, who is blind, narrate with deadpan humor and spellbinding precision Over the decades, people come and go lovers, a gangster, a jazz musician, a flock of hippies, but finally Homer and Langley are irrevocably alone, prisoners in their fortress of rubbish, trapped in their warped form of brotherly love. Wizardly Doctorow presents an ingenious, haunting odyssey that unfolds within a labyrinth built out of the detritus of war and excess.
- Booklist starred review -
A sweeping masterpiece about the infamous New York hermits, the Collyer brothers . Occasionally, 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 -

From the Hardcover edition."

"Cunningly panoramic...Doctorow has packed this tale with episodes of existential wonder that cpature the brothers in all their fascinating wackiness." --Elle
"Doctorow paints on a sweeping historical canvas, imagining the Collyer brothers as witness to the aspirations and transgressions of 20th century America; yet this book's most powerfully moving moments are the quiet ones, when the brothers relish a breath of cool morning air, and each other's tragically exclusive company." -- O Magazine
"Doctorow works his usual magic in bringing history to life and larding it with disturbing implications...As with much of Doctorow's masterful fiction, Homer & Langley turns the American dream on its ear, offering us a glimpse of the dark side of our national-and personal-eccentricities." -- BookPage
"Following the panoramic scope of The March, Doctorow creates a microcosmic and mythic tale of compulsion, alienation, and dark metamorphosis inspired by the famously eccentric Collyer brothers of New York City... Doctorow has Homer, who is blind, narrate with deadpan humor and spellbinding precision...Over the decades, people come and go-lovers, a gangster, a jazz musician, a flock of hippies, but finally Homer and Langley are irrevocably alone, prisoners in their fortress of rubbish, trapped in their warped form of brotherly love. Wizardly Doctorow presents an ingenious, haunting odyssey that unfolds within a labyrinth built out of the detritus of war and excess."
-Booklist starred review
"A sweeping masterpiece about the infamous New York hermits, the Collyer brothers.... Occasionally, 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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Title: Homer & Langley

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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