E.L. Doctorow, one of America’s most accomplished novelists of recent decades who was best known for his historical fiction, died Tuesday at the age of 84, US media reports said. The award-winning author of historical novels such as ‘Ragtime,’ ‘Billy Bathgate’ and ‘The March,’ died in a New York hospital of complications from lung cancer, his son Richard Doctorow, told the New York Times. The Bronx-born son of second-generation Russian Jews Doctorow wielded a writing style that was bold and unusual, giving him the reputation of a creative experimenter. His illustrious career spanned some six decades and a dozen novels, as well as numerous other writings. Each work took different facts and fictional elements in a new direction, from Westerns to the detective story. ‘E.L. Doctorow was one of America’s greatest novelists

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