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1876: A Novel (Paperback)

by Gore Vidal

The Ragged Spawn of E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime 6

Doctorow's selective use of historical figures and events lends Ragtime its air of verisimilitude without robbing him of the freedom to imagine and distort and mythologize. It is, for a writer of fiction, the best of all possible worlds.

The Franzen Cover and a Brief History of Time 17

A look at Time's 83 literary coverboys and -girls reveals a waffling between reaching out and selling out that, today, we'd describe as Franzean.