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I began to ask two questions while I was reading a book that excited me: not only what was going to happen next but how is this done? How is it that ... E. L. Doctorow quotes

I began to ask two questions while I was reading a book that excited me: not only what was going to happen next, but how is this done? How is it that these words on the page make me feel the way I'm feeling? This is the line of inquiry that I think happens in a child's mind, without him even knowing he has aspirations as a writer.
E. L. Doctorow

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About E. L. Doctorow

Profession: Author
Nationality: American
Born: January 6, 1931

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