E.L. Doctorow, acclaimed author of Ragtime and other novels, is dead at 84

E.L. Doctorow died on Tuesday in New York City from complications of lung cancer. He was 84. Over a 50-year career as a writer, starting with the Western Welcome to Hard Times (1960), Doctorow won both critical praise and popular success. His first big success was The Book of Daniel (1971), but he is best known for Ragtime (1975), Billy Bathgate (1989), and The March (2005), a fictionalized account of Gen. William T. Sherman's march through Georgia and the Carolinas at the end of the Civil...

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