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Remembering E.L. Doctorow, Literary Innovator and Author of Ragtime

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E.L. Doctorow will be forever remembered as the remarkable innovator who blended fictional characters with historic events in innovative and relevant ways in his award-winning and critically acclaimed novels, Ragtime, Billy Bathgate and The March. He passed away at the age of 84 yesterday, July 21, 2015. Doctorow’s seemingly endless ingenuity, from Ragtime to World’s Fair, infused social commentary into captivating narratives; he brought our attention to important issues while giving us a ride on the pitching, churning sea of his imagination. Ragtime was the book that made his career and in it, we find a striking combination of fictional and real-life characters (including the legendary escape artist Harry Houdini and civil rights leader Booker T. Washington), along with a dry, witty tone that…

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