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Ragtime

Doctorow, E. L.

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ISBN 10: 0394469011 / ISBN 13: 9780394469010
Published by Random House, NY, 1975
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Doctorow's fascinating tour de force works as fiction and as a period piece of early 20th Century America, with cameo roles for Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J. P. Morgan and others. This volume is clean, tight, and whole, but has an inscription to a previous owner on the ffep, otherwise fine. Number line starts with "2," denoting a first printing, in accordance with the sysem used by Random House in those days, but no longer. Bookseller Inventory # 91085

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Title: Ragtime

Publisher: Random House, NY

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: NF

Edition: First Edition

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Relates the interrelated early twentieth-century lives of the families of a New Rochelle manufacturer, an immigrant socialist, and a Harlem musician and their involvements with Evelyn Nesbit, Henry Ford, Houdini, Morgan, Dreiser, Freud, Zapata, and other period notables

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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, disap-
pears. Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J. P. Morgan, Evelyn Nesbit, Sig- mund 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.
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