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Homer & Langley : a novel

Author: E L Doctorow
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2009.
Series: New York Times best sellers.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Fiction
American fiction
Named Person: Homer Lusk Collyer; Langley Collyer; Homer Lusk Collyer; Langley Collyer; Homer Lusk Collyer; Langley Collyer
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: E L Doctorow
ISBN: 9781400064946 1400064945
OCLC Number: 290470025
Description: 208 pages ; 25 cm
Series Title: New York Times best sellers.
Other Titles: Homer and Langley
Responsibility: E.L. Doctorow.

Abstract:

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. --from publisher's website.

A free imaginative rendering of the lives of New York's fabled Collyer brothers depicts Homer and Langley as recluses in their once grand Fifth Avenue mansion, facing odyssean perils as they struggle to survive the wars, political movements, and technological advances of the last century.

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