Ragtime [Signed]

Price: 365.00 USD

New York: Random House, 1975. First Printing of the author's most famous work, extravagantly praised on publication, winner of the first National Book Critics Circle Award, one of the Modern Library 100 best novels, and the book that earned Doctorow election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Signed by him on title page. Tall, thick 8vo: [10],270,[2]. Publisher's brown cloth, spine and upper cover stamped in gilt, top edge stained light brown, scarlet end papers, first state typographic dust jacket (no reviews on rear flap) priced $8.95. A Fine unread copy in a Fine jacket with a single short closed tear. Time 100. Modern Library 100 (86). "Doctorow's fever dream of the American past remade the historical novel. In a story spanning the first decades of the 20th century, three groups of fictional characters-a white middle-class family, a family of Jewish immigrants, and an African-American couple-lead lives entwined with one another and with some of the great public figures of the day, including Harry Houdini, Emma Goldman, Henry Ford and Sigmund Freud. The presiding concerns and undertakings of the decades that would follow-technology, race, power-all announce themselves and are tied by Doctorow into narrative configurations so odd, yet so oddly persuasive in their dream logic, you laugh out loud, at least until the ultimate tragedy unfolds. The interaction of real and fictional characters wasn't new in itself, but with this pulsing, delightful book, Doctorow made it feel that way." (Time 100) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Fine.

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