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Ragtime by  E.L. (SIGNED) Doctorow - Signed First Edition - 1997 - from Lower Beverley Better Books (SKU: 003040)

Ragtime

Ragtime by  E.L. (SIGNED) Doctorow - Signed First Edition - 1997 - from Lower Beverley Better Books (SKU: 003040)
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Ragtime

by Doctorow, E.L. (SIGNED)

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  • fine
  • hardcover
  • Signed
  • First
Condition
Fine/Fine
ISBN 10
0679602976
ISBN 13
9780679602972
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New York, New York, U.S.A.: Modern Library, 1997. First Edition First Printing . Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 7 1/2" X 5. Book captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and WW I. 320 pp. Grey cloth boards have gilt text on spine, Modern Library colophon front panel. Spine is slightly rubbed at top, ow book is as new. Unclipped ($15.50) DJ has 1/2" crease at bottom edge of front panel and 2 very small reddish dots near colophon at bottom of front panel, ow as new. Book is from the collection of Toronto author/poet and often host at Harbourfront literary events, Greg Gatenby. His signature and the year of this book's acquisition are found at top of the half title page. "To Greg G- ELDoctorow" SIGNED by AUTHOR Bookseller's Inventory # 123040.

Synopsis

Ragtime, E. L. Doctorow’s best-known novel, highlights the American melting pot and how the nation came to be what it is today. Set in the early 1900s, the story namely focuses on a wealthy family living in New Rochelle, New York, simply named Father, Mother, Mother's Younger Brother, Grandfather, and the boy. The boy, Father and Mother's young son, perhaps narrates the novel from a reminiscent adult perspective, but the omniscient narrator is never decidedly identified. The family’s turn-of-the-century journey of adaption addresses the tensions between reacting to the evolution of the era and executing revolution. Yet Ragtime is far more than the family’s narrative. In a beautiful execution of historical fiction, the novel weaves together biographical subplots of prominent figures of the day, including J.P. Morgan, Harry Houdini, Henry Ford, Sigmund Freud, and Emma Goldman. The result: Ragtime focuses not on just the nameless or the famous, but how the two groups create history together. Written when Vietnam was drawing to a close, Ragtime addresses issues that were affecting America at the time—from the abuse of power to racism to using sex to sell just about anything—but it also includes classic and enduring themes of morality, repression and injustice, change, and time. Ragtime was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 1975. It also won the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award the following year. The novel was adapted for a 1981 movie and a 1998 Tony award-winning Broadway musical. Ragtime is included in TIME’s “100 Best Novels” (since 1923) and ranked 86th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century.

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book dealer
Lower Beverley Better Books CA (CA)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
003040
Title
Ragtime
Author
Doctorow, E.L. (SIGNED)
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
second hand - Fine
Jacket condition
Fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition First Printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
0679602976
ISBN 13
9780679602972
Publisher
Modern Library
Place of Publication
New York, New York, U.S.A.
Date Published
1997
Size
7 1/2" X 5

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An online bookstore that just grew from a combination of a love of books, a desire to save them from landfill and an inability to bypass yard sales. A considerable percentage of my inventory is signed editions. I also take pride in my Canadiana catalogue.

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