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King of Rags is the story of African-American ragtime musician Scott Joplin (1867/1868? - April 1, 1917), but not a traditional biography. Instead, it is a novel based on Joplin's varied and adventurous life; all characters, places, and incidents described are either fictitious, or in the case of Joplin's historical contemporaries, used fictitiously. King of Rags lionizes Joplin as a crusader for racial justice fifty years before...