The Collyer Brothers' Harlem Brownstone in 1947When does collecting cross the line into hoarding? The New York Times re-examines the story of brothers Homer and Langley Collyer. The brothers' bodies were discovered by police in 1947 — buried under trash and junk in their Harlem brownstone.
The exterior of the Collyer Brothers' Harlem Brownstone in 1947 — the day it was raided by police.The Collyer's obsessive-compulsive collecting has inspired a previous book and play and the author E. L. Doctorow has a new book Homer & Langley that uses the truth as a stepping-off point for a fictionalized novel. The New York Times has a story about the book, How Did They End Up That Way? and also features pictures of the author's home At Home With E. L. Doctorow | Writing About the Stuff of Legend. (Images: The New York Times)