1. ‘Ragtime’ author E.L. Doctorow dies at age 84

‘Ragtime’ author E.L. Doctorow dies at age 84

E.L. Doctorow, the author of popular novels grounded in American history including "Ragtime" and "Billy Bathgate," has died at age 84, his publisher said on Tuesday.

By: | Updated: July 22, 2015 11:24 AM
 E L Doctorow

American author E L Doctorow smiles during an interview in his office at New York University in New York. According to Doctorow’s son Richard, the author died Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in New York from complications of lung cancer. He was 84. (AP)

E.L. Doctorow, the author of popular novels grounded in American history including “Ragtime” and “Billy Bathgate,” has died at age 84, his publisher said on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the Random House Publishing Group gave no further details but the New York Times, citing the writer’s son Richard, said Doctorow died in New York on Tuesday of complications from lung cancer.

“E.L. Doctorow was one of America’s greatest novelists. His books taught me much, and he will be missed,” President Barack Obama said in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon.

“Through books of great beauty and power, and characters I’ll never forget, he showed us America’s great flaws and its astonishing promise, and our own,” Kate Medina, Doctorow’s editor at Random House, said in a written statement.

“Edgar was fun, even as he was holding all of us to the high standards he set for himself. To be with him was to be at one’s best; to read him was to discover, again and again, the joy of reading a master,” Medina said.

According to the publishing house, Doctorow was born in New York in 1931 and named after American writer Edgar Allen Poe.

During his long career he was awarded the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Awards and two PEN Faulkner Awards, among other honors.

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