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July 22, 2015 07:30 AM

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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