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E. L. Doctorow: The Uncomfortable Truth

Bill Moyers
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
For over five decades the FBI kept intelligence files on dozens of American writers. Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Pearl Buck, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Norman Mailer, and many others had come under suspicion of subversion, espionage, or immorality. Yet not one was ever convicted of a crime. In this program with Bill Moyers, novelist E. L. Doctorow, author of Ragtime and the Book of Daniel, comments that the best writers are a nuisance to society because, he says, they prefer the uncomfortable truth to the comfortable lie. Never reluctant to address the controversial issues, Doctorow has searched for meaning in modern American history, mingling reality and myth to reveal hidden corners of the American experience. (30 minutes)
Release Date
1988
Run Time
27 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Rating
9 - 12, Academic/AP
Notes
  • Originally released by Bill Moyers, 1988.
  • Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on September 13, 2016.
Contents
Writers and Authority (3:32); Political Passion for Writing (3:41); Intellectuals Challenging and Serving Authority (5:16); Democratic Mind of the Writer (9:10); Does Writing Change the Empirical World? (3:19); Credits: E. L. Doctorow: The Uncomfortable Truth (1:04)
Published
[Place of publication not identified] : Bill Moyers, [1988]
New York, N.Y. : Distributed by Infobase, 2016.
Publisher no.
4948 Infobase
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Description
1 online resource (1 video file (27 min., 13 sec)) : sound, color.
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