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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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dmb19, December 5, 2008 (view all comments by dmb19)
E.L. Doctorow takes the 1920's and spins a great tale of lavish life laced with anguish, utilizing such characters as; Harry Houdini, and Evelyn Nesbitt. Truly a great read with a great message about the "American Dream".
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csiepser, March 7, 2007 (view all comments by csiepser)
This is a wonderful book that takes the rhythm of ragtime and translates it into unforgettable literature. We are whriled through history with a beautiful beat.
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Doctorow, E L
Random House Trade
Doctorow, E. L.
Historical - General
United states
Historical fiction
United States History 1901-1909.
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Modern Library 100 Best Novels
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7.98x5.26x.72 in. .54 lbs.

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