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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 images of the real Homer’s funeral, and describe the scene. Do you think Doctorow’s novel could be understood as a “real” memorial to Homer? How would Doctorow want Homer to be remembered?

Try this:

Search in Google Images or other search engines for “homer collyer” and “funeral” to find a number of photographs of this event. Share the images that you find with us here.


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