E. L. Doctorow, ‘Ragtime’ Author, Dead at 84

Novelist E. L. Doctorow, best known for the 1975 historical “Ragtime,” died Tuesday at the age of 84.

The New York-born writer won numerous awards for his novels, including a National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN Faulkner Awards, an Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction and the National Humanities Medal.

The cause of death was complications from lung cancer and the author died in Manhattan, his son Richard told The New York Times.

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