by: E.L. Doctorow:
Except from Newsweek article: Compulsive collectors, the Collyer brothers made news in 1947 when they were found dead by a policeman who broke into the Harlem home after neighbors smelled a stench coming from it. The two corpses were surrounded by more than 100 tons of rubbish: newpapers furniture, 14 pianos, even an intact Model T. From these facts - along with a few factual liberties - E.L. Doctorow ha contrived a moving account of obsession, filial love, and the darker side of the American Century. As described by the younger brother, Homer, the Collyers seem normal at first blush - until they bump up against the outside world...."
Newsweek Magazine, July 13, 2009
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