"Ragtime" is a novel by E.L. Doctorow, published in 1975. It tells the story of a group of characters in New York City at the beginning of the 20th century, including a black pianist, a Jewish immigrant, and a wealthy industrialist. The novel explores themes of race, class, and the changes that occurred in American society during this time period. It is known for its use of historical figures such as Harry Houdini and Henry Ford, as well as its portrayal of the cultural and social upheaval of the era. It has received widespread critical acclaim for its sweeping scope and its portrayal of the complex interweaving of different characters' lives.