E.L. Doctorow, a member of the class of 1952 died in Manhattan today as a result of complications from lung cancer. He was 84. Though a philosophy major, Doctorow also studied with the founder of the New Criticism school, John Crowe Ransom, during his time at Kenyon.
After his academic career at Kenyon, Doctorow completed a year of graduate studies at Columbia University before he was drafted into the army. After spending several years in the publishing industry, Doctorow shifted to a full-time writing career and later taught at several prestigious U.S. universities including but not limited to, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, the Yale School of Drama and the University of California, Irvine.
Focused largely on historical fiction, Doctorow’s most notable works include Ragtime, Billy Bathgate and The March among others.