E.L. Doctorow '48
An accredited figure in the world of literature, E.L. Doctorow was best known for his ability to incorporate historical context in his works of fiction. Doctorow’s works include Homer & Langley, The March, and Billy Bathgate. His 1975 work Ragtime blurred the line between fact and fiction as it followed historical figures such as Harry Houdini, J.P. Morgan, and Emma Goldman, as well as Doctorow’s own fictional characters. The novel was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film in 1981 and a Tony-nominated musical in 1998. Among his many accolades, Doctorow has received the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN Faulkner Awards, The Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction and the presidentially-conferred National Humanities Medal. Doctorow attended Kenyon College and Columbia University.