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Author: E. L. Doctorow

Year Published: 1975

Type: Novel

Genre: Drama

Perspective and Narrator:

Ragtime is narrated by a third-person narrator who is possibly the character The Little Boy as an adult. The narration is primarily limited but occasionally switches to omniscient.


Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow is narrated in the past tense, 50 years after the novel's events.

About the Title:

Ragtime music is both a subplot in the novel and, in its juxtaposition of repetitive rhythmic chords played by the left hand and syncopated notes played by the right hand, a metaphor for Doctorow's treatment of history in the novel. In Doctorow's hands, history is repetitive yet has the power to surprise.


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