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E.L. Doctorow Dead at 84

E.L. Doctorow, author of Ragtime and Bill Bathgate, has died. He was 84.

The cause of death was complications from cancer, according to his son.

Social media poured out their grief on Tuesday including President Barack Obama who wrote:

E.L. Doctorow was one of America’s greatest novelists. His books taught me much, and he will be missed.

From NY Times:

E.?L. Doctorow, a leading figure in contemporary American letters whose popular, critically admired and award-winning novels — including “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate” and “The March” — situated fictional characters in recognizable historical contexts, among identifiable historical figures and often within unconventional narrative forms, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. He was 84 and had homes in Manhattan and Sag Harbor, N.Y.

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