Billy Bathgate

novel by E. L. Doctorow

Billy Bathgate is a 1989 novel by author E. L. Doctorow that won the 1989 National Book Critics Circle award for fiction for 1990,[1] the 1990 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction,[2] the 1990 William Dean Howells Medal,[3] and was the runner up for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize[4] and the 1989 National Book Award.[5] The story is told in the first person by Billy "Bathgate" Behan, a fifteen-year-old boy who first becomes the gofer and then surrogate son of mobster Dutch Schultz.[6]


  1. "All Past National Book Critics Circle Award Winners and Finalists". National Book Critics Circle. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  2. "Past Winners & Finalists". PEN/Faulkner Foundation. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  3. "The William Dean Howells Medal". American Academy of Arts and Letters. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  4. 1990 Pulitzer Prize Nominated Finalists (Runners Up) Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  5. "National Book Awards - 1989". National Book Foundation. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  6. "BILLY BATHGATE by E.L. Doctorow (Harper & Row: $5.95)". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 8, 2012.