World's Fair (novel)

World's Fair is a 1985 novel by American author E.L. Doctorow. It is a semi-autobiographical story of a boy named Edgar who lives in the Bronx during the late 1930s, and culminates with the 1939 World's Fair.[1][2][3] It won the National Book Award in 1986.

World's Fair
Paperback edition cover
AuthorE.L. Doctorow
CountryUnited States
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
October 12, 1985
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages288 pages


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  2. Cox, Tom (15 December 2015). "Overlooked classics of American literature: World's Fair by EL Doctorow". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  3. Leavitt, David (10 November 1985). "'World's Fair'". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 April 2016.