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“I feel my typewriters, my table, my chair to have that assurance of a solid world, where things take up space, where there is not the endless emptiness of insubstantial thought that leads to nowhere but itself.” – page 207


Find the pictures on the web of the day the police broke into the real Homer and Langley’s house on Fifth Avenue and the sequence of photos of the removal of its contents. Describe the crowd that we see in these photos. As an outsider looking in, consider how the house and the brothers were viewed by those New Yorkers at the time. Is this how Doctorow views Homer and Langley?

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Search in Google Images or other search engines for “collyer brothers” or “homer and langley” to find a variety of photographs from the 1940s. Share the images that you find with us here.


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