Picks and Pans Review: The Writer's World: E.l. Doctorow and the American Myth

updated 09/05/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/05/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (9:30-10 p.m. ET)

Novelist Doctorow—whose fact-based fiction ranges from The Book of Daniel to Ragtime—is the subject of this insightful profile by filmmaker Nancy Porter. "It seems to me the writer's job is to redefine the reality we live with and make it truer," says Doctorow, who based Daniel (now a film starring Timothy Hutton) on the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in the 1950s.


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