E.L. Doctorow (1931-2015) was widely recognized as one of America's great masters of the historical novel. He was the author of The March (2005), a fictional account of General Tecumseh Sherman's famous military rampage from the burned-out ruins of Atlanta to the Atlantic ocean, and north into the Carolinas, leaving a path of destruction that affected the South for generations. The March was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award. Doctorow's earlier novels include City of God (2000), The Waterworks (1994), Billy Bathgate (1989), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, World's Fair (1985), winner of the National Book Award, Loon Lake (1980), Ragtime (1975), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Book of Daniel (1971), and Welcome to Hard Times (1961). At least four novels have been adapted into film. Doctorow is a past recipient of the Edith Wharton Citation of Merit for Fiction, and served as New York State Author from 1989-1991.