E.L. Doctorow, who mixed the past into fiction, dies at 84

epa04856000 (FILE) A file picture dated 03 June 2007 shows US writer E.L. Doctorow in the Big Ben Bookshop in Prague, Czech Republic.

E.L. Doctorow was one of contemporary fiction’s most restless experimenters.

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