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Ragtime by  E.L Doctorow - First edition - 1975 - from Evening Star Books (SKU: 00001001)

Ragtime

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Ragtime

by Doctorow, E.L

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  • hardcover
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About This Item

New York: Random House [1975], 1975. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo. [14], 3-270, [6] pp. Brown cloth with gold lettering on the front board and spine; pink topstain. Price of $8.95 on the front flap of the dust jacket. A Near Fine book with a tiny crack to the front hinge; dust jacket is Near Fine with minor edge wear.

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
Evening Star Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
00001001
Title
Ragtime
Author
Doctorow, E.L
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
second hand - Near Fine
Jacket condition
Near Fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Random House [1975]
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1975

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About Evening Star Books

We buy and sell rare and fine books in many fields. Our interests include philosophy, modern first editions, and works of historical or intellectual interest. In addition to bookselling, we regularly do valuations and appraisals for non-IRS purposes. Evening Star Books is a Limited Liability Company.

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