Born on this day: Edgar Lawrence Doctorow (January 6, 1931 – July 21, 2015). American novelist, editor, and professor, best known internationally for his works of historical fiction. He is widely regarded as one of the most important American novelists of the 20th century.
He wrote twelve novels, three volumes of short fiction and a stage drama, which include the award-winning novels Ragtime (1975), Billy Bathgate (1989), and The March (2005). His work is noted for the way in which he placed fictional characters in recognizable historical contexts, with known historical figures, and often used different narrative styles. His stories have also gained recognition for their originality and versatility, with Doctorow receiving praise for his audacity and imagination.