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Ragtime

By Doctorow, E L




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.

First edition identification and notes

Random House first published Ragtime in New York in 1975. The 276-page first editions are bound in brown cloth. First edition dust jackets state the original price of 8.95. From the first printing, 150 copies were specially bound as rare Presentation Copies, which are numbered and signed by the author. Presentation Copies have sold for up to $400.

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Ragtime

E.L. Doctorow

Bantam, 1984-04-01. Mass Market Paperback. Used:Good.

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Ragtime

E. L. Doctorow

1976-01-01. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime

E. L Doctorow

Bantam Books, 1976-01-01. Hardcover. Used:Good.

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Ragtime

E L Doctorow

1975-01-01. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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RAGTIME

Doctorow, E. L.

New York: Random House, (1975). First edition. One of 150 SIGNED numbered copies. The basis for the 1981 movie which featured James Cagney's last film performance. Spine a bit tanned, otherwise fine in slipcase with very minor wear and a little fading around edges.

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Ragtime

E. L Doctorow

1976-03-02. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime

Doctorow, E. L.

MacMillan, 1976 from the library of Greg Gatenby, signed on title page. *****Greg Gatenby was the founding Artistic Director of the world-renowned, annual International Festival of Authors and of the weekly Harbourfront Reading Series. Under the neary thirty years of his directorship, the program featured readings and talks by more than 4,000 authors¿including 19 Nobel laureates¿from more than 90 nations He has published several books of poetry, but is undoubtedly better known as an author for a) his two, internationally-published anthologies about dolphins and whales in art, music and literature, b) for his further two books examining how foreign writers have written about Canada, and c) for his acclaimed Toronto: A Literary Guide Since the late 1970s, Greg Gatenby has been an outspoken advocate for authors, and for freedom of expression. He was one of the five founding members of the reconstituted PEN Canadian Centre, and one of the four principal organizers of the PEN World Congress in Toronto in 1989. This book is signed by and dated by Greg. Language: eng Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng

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RAGTIME.

Doctorow, E. L.

New York: Random House.. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1975. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Specially produced first edition for friends of the author and publisher. SIGNED by E. L. Doctorow on title page. About fine in creme-colored linen cloth with gold stamped titles and pale green top stain, in plain un-printed glassine wrapper. (Tiny spot at top edge. Bottom corner tips lightly nudged. Couple small chips in glassine. ) Filmed by director Milos Forman. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 270 pages .

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Ragtime

DOCTOROW, E.L.

New York: Random House, 1975. Hardcover. Near Fine. First edition. Spine tanned else near fine in fine slipcase. One of only 150 numbered copies Signed by the author.

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Ragtime

E. L. Doctorow

1985-01-11. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime

E. L. Doctorow

1976-01-01. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime

E. L. Doctorow

1980-07-01. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime

E.L. Doctorow

1991-09-03. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime

E.L. Doctorow

1980-01-01. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime

E. L. Doctorow

1996-04-08. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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RAGTIME

DOCTOROW, E. L

New York: Random House, (1975). First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a Very Good glassine dustwrapper with a few closed tears. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and basis for a motion picture and a play. The special edition prepared for presentation to the friends of the author and the publisher. Although not called for, this copy has been SIGNED by the author.

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Ragtime

Doctorow, E. L

Random House, NY , 1975. 1st edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. "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." [Pub. Info] There is a protective mylar cover. 1ST US EDITION.

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Ragtime

Doctorow, E.L. (SIGNED)

New York, New York, U.S.A.: Modern Library, 1997. 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.. Signed by Author. First Edition First Printing. Grey Cloth. Fine/Fine. 7 1/2 " X 5 ". Association /Dedication Copy.

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Ragtime

E.L. Doctorow

1987-05-07. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime

E.L. Doctorow

Signed First Edition, First Printing, Random House, 1975. In fine condition, clean and unmarked, straight spine, brown cloth boards bright and without wear, small creases at corners, in a fine dustjaket with price intact, slight wrinkling at spine ends. Signed by E.L. Doctorow on title page.

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Ragtime

DOCTOROW, E.L.

New York: Random House, 1975. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. First edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper with a couple of very light scratches. Doctorow's breakthrough book. Basis for both the film and later the Broadway musical. A surprisingly scarce title in fine condition.

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Ragtime - 1st Edition/1st Printing

Doctorow, E. L.

New York: Random House. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 1975. First Edition; First Printing. Cloth. 0394469011 . A handsome first edition/first printing, brown gilt-stamped cloth in Fine condition in alike dust-jacket; Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be, blurring the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imagined characters. The setting is New Rochelle, New York in 1909, and the characters are three remarkable families whose lives become entwined with the likes of Henry Ford, Harry Houdini, J. P. Morgan and Sigmund Freud as well as an immigrant peddler and a ragtime musician from Harlem whose sense of justice drives him to revolutionary violence. Basis for the 1991 movie with James Cagney and the 1998 Broadway musical of the same name .

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Ragtime

Doctorow, E. L.

Macmillan. Hardcover. 0333187628 Signed & Inscribed British first edition, first printing. Signed & Inscribed on the title page by author. Jacket is in very Good + condition. Minor wear to spine ends and edges of jacket. Jacket is NOT price clipped. Covers are clean and bright. Edges are sharp. No tears or creases. The book itself is in Near Fine condition. The binding is straight and tight. NO remainder mark. All books are marked down 35% until February 1, 2019. Start stocking up now! . Very Good.

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Ragtime

DOCTOROW, E.L.

NY: Random House. (1975). His fourth book, a historical novel of America at the beginning of the twentieth century, peopled with such characters as Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J.P. Morgan, Theodore Dreiser and others. Winner of the first National Book Critics Circle Award to be given and the basis for a highly successful film. Fine in a fine dust jacket. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine.

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Ragtime: A Novel (Modern Library)

E.L. Doctorow

1994-02-01. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime

Doctorow, E. L.

Random House, New York, 1975; First Edition, First Printing; 8vo, 270 pages; brown cloth; gilt titles and decorations; tan topstain; colored endpapers. His fourth novel, source for the 1981 film of the same name directed by Milos Forman and starring James Cagney and Howard Rollins. Fine. Clean, crisp, bright, corners sharp, binding tight, sound and square, in a Very Good Plus dustjacket with no chips or tears. Not price-clipped. No ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind. A very nice copy.

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Ragtime

Doctorow, E. L.

Random House, 1975. First Edition (first printing). The fourth novel by the author of BILLY BATHGATE and THE MARCH, a story with both historical and imaginary characters which "captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn-of-the-century and the First World War." One of the Modern Library "100 Best Novels" and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Basis for both the film and award-winning musical. Near Fine/Near Fine. Light fading around the edges of the boards and a short fold to the front dust jacket flap. Also, a tiny (less than 1/4") scratch and a couple of tiny closed tears to the rear dust jacket panel. Signed by Doctorow on the front free end paper. . Signed by Author. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Dust Jacket Included.

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Ragtime

Doctorow, E. L.

New York: Random House. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1975. First Edition. Hardcover. 0394469011 . SIGNED by author on full title page. "Ragtime is set in America at the beginning of this century. Its characters: three remarkable families whose lives become entwined with people whose names are Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, Harry Houdini, J. P. Morgan, Theodore Dreiser, Sigmund Freud, Emiliano Zapata." Ships same or next business day. Spine is skewed and slightly loose, small bumps on corners and spine ends, spine slightly discolored, minor shelf wear. Spine partially cracked on "special edition" page. Dust jacket has normal edge wear, 1/3-inch tear on head edge of back cover, light creases on spine ends, crease on back flap, price-clipped. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 270 pages; Signed by Author .

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RAGTIME

E. L. Doctorow

New York: Random House. 1975. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good in a Good dust jacket. Edge wear. Cloth toned. Soiling to front and rear panels. First Edition stated. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .

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Ragtime

E. L. Doctorow

Plume, 1996-02-01. 1st Plume Printing February 1996. Paperback. Used:Good.

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Ragtime

E.L. Doctorow

1976-05-01. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime

E.L. Doctorow

Norwalk: Easton Press, 2001. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Dj. 8vo. pp.2 270.Full leather, AEG,silk marker, silk end pages, limited edition collector's notes and certificate of authenticity laid loosley into book.Signed by author on limitation page.

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RAGTIME.

Doctorow, E.L.

RANDOM HOUSE. NY 1975. Fine. 1975. First Edition. Hardcover. 0394469011 . Special Presentation Issue. (Unsigned) Close to fine in creme colored cloth, in a clear acetate wrapper as issued. (The wrapper has a few chips & edge tears. Mild scuff to edge of cloth) .

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Ragtime

E.L. Doctorow

1976-03-01. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime (SCARCE BRITISH HARDBACK FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR)

Doctorow, E L

London: Macmillan, 1976. VG/Good. First edition, first printing in d/w not price clipped. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, on title-page. Inscription reads, 'To ----/with all good wishes/E L Doctorow'. An historical novel which covers the decade preceding the First World War, the characters include Houdini, Pierpont Morgan, Henry Ford, Stanford White, Sigmund Freud, bringing to life the mood and spirit of an era. Some rubbing to head and tail of spine; d/w spine has some sunning; d/w has an edge tear (25mm long), and small losses to head and tail of spine and corners of the d/w; else a very good copy, in a good d/w, of a SCARCE British first edition, first printing SIGNED BY E L DOCTOROW. D/w now protected in a detachable, non-adhesive, clear sheaf.. Presentation Copy Inscribed And Signed. First edition, First Printing. Hardback. Very Good/Good.

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Ragtime (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)

E.L. Doctorow

1994-05-08. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime

E.L. Doctorow

2016-11-08. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime

E.L. Doctorow

1975-06-05. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime

Doctorow, E. L

Picador, 1985-01-11. Paperback. Used:Good.

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Ragtime

E.L. Doctorow

2016-09-08. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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E.L. Doctorow

2016-09-08. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime

E.L. Doctorow

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Ragtime

E L Doctorow

2006-04-08. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime

E. L. Doctorow

1997-08-07. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)

E.L. Doctorow

2007-06-03. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime: A Novel (Modern Library)

E.L. Doctorow

1994-02-01. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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Ragtime

Doctorow, E.L

London: Macmillan, 1976. 270pp, mottled green cloth with gilt lettering, printed brown DJ. Light rubbing to top & bottom of spine. fading to DJ spine, rubbing & small 1cm tears to DJ, feint spotting to page edges. Historical novel set in the decade before WWI. By telling a story about people the author brings to life the mood & spirit of an era.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. 30 x 140 x 330 Mm.

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Ragtime.

DOCTOROW, E.L.

NY: Random House, (1975).. First trade edition.. 270 pp. Top edge stain faded, else near fine in near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with two diagonal creases to the front flap. SIGNED by Doctorow on the title page.

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RAGTIME - SIGNED

Doctorow, E.L.

Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press, 2001. Limited Edition. Octavo (23.5cm); full dark red leather, with titling and decorations stamped in gilt on spine and covers; silk endpapers; all edges gilt; [xiv],270pp. Signed by the author on a preliminary leaf. A Fine copy, with the publisher's card and signed COA laid in. Handsome edition of Doctorow's fourth novel, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 1975.

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Ragtime

Doctorow, E.L.

U.S.A.: Random House, 1975. 1st Edition.. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Copyright date 1975, 1st edition 1st printing. Brown cloth over boards with Brown lettering on a gold background on the front and on the spine with red design. Red inside covers front and back. Light Brown tent to the top page edges. No tears, bent pages, nor any writing. Dust Jacket, no tears, bent flaps, nor is it price clipped. Light bumps to the head and toe the spine with a very small chip out of the toe near the groove area. Dust jacket now in a clear protective cover. Text is bright and clean, binding is secure, a solid collectible book one of the top 100 novels of the 20th century. Size: 7¾" - 9¾" Tall

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