Scott Joplin (1867/1868? – 1917) was an African-American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions, and was later dubbed "The King of Ragtime". During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first pieces, the "Maple Leaf Rag", became ragtime's first and most influential hit, and has been recognized as the archetypal rag

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E. L. Doctorow - Ragtime - -a difficult read and I've read it twice; race-relations are important.

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Review of Ragtime at Charing Cross Theare: This is a beautiful production of a much under-rated show, and an absorbing and heartfelt musical.

Scott Joplin (1867/1868? – 1917) was an American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions, and was later dubbed "The King of Ragtime". During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas.

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