E.L. Doctorow, Author of Ragtime, Dead at 84

E.L. Doctorow, Author of Ragtime, Died on Tuesday at 84
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07/22/2015 AT 07:30 AM EDT

Famed writer E.L. Doctorow passed away Tuesday due to complications from lung cancer.

Best known for his novel Ragtime – a story about the turn of the 20th century– Doctorow published 10 novels, two books of short stories, a play titled Drinks Before Dinner and countless essays and articles in his 50-year career.

The writer celebrated much success as the recipient of the National Book Award for fiction in 1986 for his novel World’s Fair, as well as receiving the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1989 for Billy Bathgate and again in 2005 for The March.

Doctorow’s son, Richard Doctorow, confirmed his father’s passing on Tuesday at a hospital in New York.
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