WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Former Westchester County resident and author of "Ragtime," E.L. Doctorow died on Tuesday due to complications with lung cancer, according to The New York Times. He was 84.
Doctorow wrote 12 novels, three short fiction volumes and a wide array of political and literary commentary. His three most acclaimed works were "Ragtime," "The March," and “Billy Bathgate,” The New York Times said.
“New Rochelle joins in mourning the passing of E.L. Doctorow," New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson said. "A longtime resident of Broadview Avenue in New Rochelle, the street he made famous in the very first sentence of 'Ragtime,' Ed was known to his neighbors not just for his remarkable talent, but for his kindness, modesty, warmth, and humanity.
"On the world stage, he was an iconic figure of towering reputation and accomplishment. Here in our community, he was endlessly generous with his time, often appearing at local educational or cultural events, giving readings and talks, and supporting civic causes. The local history room at the New Rochelle Public Library is already named in Doctorow’s honor. In the weeks ahead, we will consider other ways of properly acknowledging this extraordinary man.”
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