Ragtime is a novel by E. L. Doctorow that was first published in 1975. Explore a full plot summary, important quotes, and an in-depth analysis of Mother.


See a complete list of the characters in Ragtime and in-depth analyses of Mother, Father, Mother's Younger Brother, Coalhouse Walker, and Tateh.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in Ragtime, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.


Find the quotes you need to support your essay, or refresh your memory of Ragtime by reading these key quotes.


Get ready to ace your Ragtime paper with our suggested essay topics and mini essays.

Further Study

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