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Ragtime

Written by E.L. Doctorow

Ragtime .

Category: Fiction - Literary
Imprint: Modern Library
Format: Hardcover
Pub Date: November 1997
Price: $22.00
Can. Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-60297-2 (0-679-60297-6)
Pages: 336
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.



 
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

Ragtime opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, Harry Houdini, the famous escape artist, 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, Sigmund Freud, and Emiliano Zapata slip in and out of the tale, crossing paths with Doctorow's imagined family and other fictional characters. Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War.





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