One of the most distinguished novelists of the 20th century, E.L. Doctorow (1931-2015) was the recipient of numerous writing awards, including National Book Critics Circle Awards for Ragtime, his best-known novel, which redefined what historical fiction could do, Billy Bathgate, and The March. He was also a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction. Through his fiction he brought whole chapters of America back to life.
Sag Harbor, New York, and New York, New York
Date of Birth:
January 6, 1931
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
A.B., Kenyon College, 1952; postgraduate study, Columbia University, 1952-53