Ragtime: A Novel

By | December 25, 2017
Ragtime: A Novel Author E.L. Doctorow
ISBN-10 0812978188
ISBN-13 9780812978186
Year 2007-05-08
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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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 The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture Random House The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought For the Modern Library s seventy fifth anniversary Random House redesigned the series restoring as its emblem the running torch bearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets bindings and type as well as inaugurating a new program of selecting titles The Modern Library continues to provide the world s best books at the best prices

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