Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Rise and Fall of Ragtime

Book Review of Temptation Rag: A Novel by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard.


Back in the late 19th century in America, the latest rage was ragtime music. While the first name that might come to mind for us today is Scott Joplin, the origins of this musical genre predated him by quite a bit. In the beginning this was considered an original genre started by African Americans (probably Ernest Hogan), but the racially charged attitudes that followed the American Civil War, allowed white composers to appropriate it and make it their own. One of them was Ben Harney, who was often called the originator or father of ragtime (mostly by himself and later, by Time magazine after his death). Another was Mark Bernard, who was Harney’s rival, and the twice crowned “Ragtime King of the World.” Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard decided to pay tribute to her ancestor Mark, and the people who made this musical genre the phenomena it was, in this biographical, historical fiction novel.






Belle Epoque Publishing released "Temptation Rag: A Novel" by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard on December 3, 2018. This book is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo (Walmart) eBooks, eBooks.com, iTunes (iBook or audiobook), The Book Depository (free worldwide delivery), new or used from Better World Books (to promote libraries and world literary) and Alibris, as well as from an IndieBound store near you. I would like to thank the publishers for giving me an ARC of this novel via NetGalley.

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