‘Ragtime’ author E.L. Doctorow dies

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Edgar Lawrence Doctorow, Writer, USA (Photo by Kujath/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

NEW YORK – E.L. Doctorow, the renowned author of “Ragtime” and many other works of historical fiction and nonfiction, has died. He was 84.

He died Tuesday at a hospital in Manhattan, N.Y., of complications from lung cancer, his son, Richard Doctorow, told the Los Angeles Times.

Doctrow’s books included “Ragtime,” which was adapted into a film and a Broadway musical, and “World’s Fair,” which won the National Book Award in 1986.

A January 2014 Los Angeles Times book review of his most recent novel, “Andrew’s Brain,” described him as operating in the shadow of the Transcendentalists, “a romantic, a true believer — in the myth of America as a shining city, despite its various and ongoing failures to live up to its better self.”

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