Newswire: R.I.P. historical novelist E.L. Doctorow, author of Ragtime and Billy Bathgate

Author E.L. Doctorow, whose critically acclaimed novels examined the history, politics, and culture of the United States by recreating real historical events through the lens of fiction, has died of complications from lung cancer. Doctorow was 84.

Starting with 1960’s brutal Western Welcome To Hard Times, Doctorow published 12 novels over his long career, including the Depression-era narrative Loon Lake, the Civil War-focused The March, and mobster tale Billy Bathgate, one of several of...

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