E. L. Doctorow

1931 - 2015

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Edgar Lawrence Doctorow (January 6, 1931 – July 21, 2015) was an American novelist, editor, and professor, best known for his works of historical fiction. He wrote twelve novels, three volumes of short fiction and a stage drama, including the award-winning novels Ragtime (1975), Billy Bathgate (1989), and The March (2005). These, like many of his other works, placed fictional characters in recognizable historical contexts, with known historical figures, and often used different narrative styles. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of E. L. Doctorow has received more than 920,479 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). E. L. Doctorow is the 2,188th most popular writer (up from 2,579th in 2019), the 2,745th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,361st in 2019) and the 239th most popular American Writer.

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Notable Works

Lives of the poets
Social life and customs, Fiction, Short stories
The book of Daniel
Fiction, Jews, Executions and executioners
Billy Bathgate
Criminals, Criminals in fiction, Fiction
World's fair
Fiction, Boys, New York World's Fair (1939-1940)
Fiction, History, Race relations
Loon Lake
Fiction, Depressions, Young men


Among writers, E. L. Doctorow ranks 2,188 out of 7,302Before him are Fernando de Rojas, Mikha'il Na'ima, Roger Peyrefitte, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Samuel R. Delany, and Álvaro Mutis. After him are Samuil Marshak, Asclepiades of Samos, Henning Jakob Henrik Lund, Rómulo Gallegos, Zygmunt Krasiński, and Piotr Skarga.

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Among people born in 1931, E. L. Doctorow ranks 152Before him are Takashi Mizuno, Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Dan Gurney, Igor Oistrakh, Daniel Ellsberg, and Roman Opałka. After him are Guido de Marco, Claude Piron, Magali Noël, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Shintaro Katsu, and Freddy Quinn. Among people deceased in 2015, E. L. Doctorow ranks 113Before him are Hyon Yong-chol, Guy Ligier, Chea Sim, John Guillermin, Kirk Kerkorian, and Robert Manzon. After him are Carl Djerassi, Wayne Dyer, Aldo Ciccolini, Joshua Fishman, Magali Noël, and Gerda van der Kade-Koudijs.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, E. L. Doctorow ranks 2,745 out of 20,380Before him are Daniel Ellsberg (1931), Samuel R. Delany (1942), Patrick Wilson (1973), Vitas Gerulaitis (1954), Katy Perry (1984), and Jim Rogers (1942). After him are Van Cliburn (1934), Amedee Reyburn (1889), Cheech Marin (1946), John Ritter (1948), Freddie King (1934), and Michael Spence (1943).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, E. L. Doctorow ranks 239Before him are Flannery O'Connor (1925), Siri Hustvedt (1955), Nelson Algren (1909), S. S. Van Dine (1888), Jacques Futrelle (1875), and Samuel R. Delany (1942). After him are Alfred Bester (1913), Erich Segal (1937), Audre Lorde (1934), Joseph Heller (1923), Wayne Dyer (1940), and Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860).