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Ragtime (1974) [Novel]
by E.L. Doctorow Rating: Weighted - 7.3 / Average - 7.2 of 10 (4 votes) (Rate!)
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Published in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War.

The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears. Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J. P. Morgan, Evelyn Nesbit, Sigmund Freud, and Emiliano Zapata slip in and out of the tale, crossing paths with Doctorow's imagined family and other fictional characters, including an immigrant peddler and a ragtime musician from Harlem whose insistence on a point of justice drives him to revolutionary violence.

Original title: Ragtime
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalNorth AmericaOther


Edition #1: Ragtime

Ragtime (1974)
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Language: English

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Ragtime (April 2002)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Chelsea House
ISBN: 0791071197
Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.4 x 0.5 in
Pages: 176

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Ragtime (October 2001)

Publisher: Chelsea House
ISBN: 0791063437
Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.4 x 0.8 in
Pages: 182

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Ragtime (October 1999)

Publisher: San Val
ISBN: 0613174623
Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.2 x 1.0 in

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Ragtime (May 1, 1997)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Plume (Penguin)
ISBN: 0452279070
Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.9 x 0.9 in
Pages: 288

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