‘Ragtime’ Author E.L. Doctorow Dies in New York at 84


Edgar Lawrence Doctorow born on January 6, 1931 was an American author, editor and professor is renowned internationally for his works of historical fiction. Before becoming a novelist, he was editor-in-chief at Dial Press beginning in 1964, where he supervised writings by Ian Fleming and Ayn Rand, among others. He began his career as a novelist in 1975.

Doctorow died on Tuesday 21st July 2015 at age 84, was among the rare American writer to move gracefully between lives as engaged citizen and solitary inventor.

His essay collection “Creationists” published in 2006 mentions “Underlying everything the evocative flashes, the dogged working of language is the writer’s belief in the story as a system of knowledge.”

Doctorow was among the most honored authors of the past 40 years. His prizes included the

  • National Humanities Medal
  • National Book Critics Circle award
  • Both competitive and honorary National Book Awards

He forged his reputation around a series of novels most set in and around New York City that carried readers from the 1800s to modern times. Mixing fictional characters with historical figures, he looked back to the

  • Civil War (“The March”)
  • Post-Civil War era (“The Waterworks”)
  • The turn of the 20th century (the million-selling “Ragtime”)
  • The 1930s (“Billy Bathgate,” “Loon Lake,” “World’s Fair”)
  • The Cold War (“The Book of Daniel”)

- Published/Last Modified on: July 23, 2015