The Waterworks Themes & Social Concerns

This Study Guide consists of approximately 5 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Waterworks.
This section contains 282 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
Buy The Waterworks Short Guide

The Waterworks Summary & Study Guide Description

The Waterworks Summary & Study Guide includes comprehensive information and analysis to help you understand the book. This study guide contains the following sections:

This detailed literature summary also contains Related Titles on The Waterworks by E. L. Doctorow.

Preview of The Waterworks Summary:

Doctorow's novel reads more like a mystery novel than any of his earlier works. The action takes place in New York City not long after the Civil War, but the events are recalled by a narrator/character several years later. New York in the 1870s is portrayed as a city in the grip of sinister forces: the political machine of Boss Tweed, the selfish greed of robber baron capitalists, and the ingenious plot of a mad scientist.

The mystery involves the disappearance of a free lance writer after he tells of seeing his supposedly dead and buried father being driven up Broadway with several old men dressed in black. Detective work then reveals the corpse of a child in the father's grave, a family that did not receive the fortune of the "deceased," and a new orphanage in the city with children who have an unexpected reason...

This section contains 282 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
Buy The Waterworks Short Guide
Copyrights
Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The Waterworks from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook