E.L. Doctorow, Author of Ragtime and Master of Historical Fiction, Dies at 84

E.L. Doctorow, the prolific author known for his deft, unique, and intellectually probing works of historical fiction, has died at 84. The cause, as reported by the New York Times and his son Richard, was complications from lung cancer.

Doctorow, who was born and raised in the Bronx, began his career as an editor in the ’60s, publishing luminaries like James Baldwin, Norman Mailer, and Ian Fleming. He stopped editing to write full-time, and gained acclaim with 1971’s The Book of

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