Activist and Author Larry Kramer Dies at 84

Activist and Author Larry Kramer Dies at 84

Larry Kramer, American author, playwright, film producer, and activist born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has died aged 84. He wrote the screenplay for the 1969 film Women in Love and earned an Academy Award nomination for his work. Later with his novel Faggots, he introduced a very confrontational and controversial style. This novel, despite the mixed reviews, has become “one of the bestselling novels about gay life ever written.” He became an AIDS activist when he witnessed the spread of the disease among his community. He co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and expressed his frustrations about the mishandling of the crisis …

E.L. Doctorow, Master of Historical Fiction, Dies at 84

E.L. Doctorow, Master of Historical Fiction, Dies at 84

E.L. Doctorow, one of America’s greatest writers, has died. He was 84 years old and passed away from lung cancer complications on June 21 in Manhattan. Doctorow was known for his works of historical fiction. His best known novel is Ragtime, a 1975 novel set in pre-war New York City, which was adapted into a popular musical. He also wrote Billy Bathgate, The March, World’s Fair, and Welcome to Hard Times, among other novels. E.L. Doctorow was one of America’s greatest novelists. His books taught me much, and he will be missed. — President Obama (@POTUS) July 22, 2015 The author was …