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King of RagtimeScott Joplin and His Era$
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Edward A. Berlin

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195101089

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101089.001.0001

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The Legacy of Scott Joplin

The Legacy of Scott Joplin

(p.241) Chapter Thirteen The Legacy of Scott Joplin
King of Ragtime

Edward A. Berlin

Oxford University Press

The author posits that although Scott Joplin was only forty-nine and underprivileged when he died, he was already of a generation whose time had passed. Joplin was a focus for much of the ragtime revival until today. His wife Lottie lived to witness the beginning of the Joplin and ragtime renaissance and, before she died in 1953, she formed the Lottie Joplin Thomas Trust as a means of protecting her late husband's copyrights and other materials. The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia is a special case because of the town's historic connection with Joplin, but it did not last long. The Treemonisha production on Broadway may have lacked sparkle, but Joplin was due one more notable victory. Because of the opera, the unquenchable demand for his rags, and the decades of neglect, the Pulitzer committee early in 1976 awarded Joplin a special Bicentennial Pulitzer Prize for his contribution to American music.

Keywords:   ragtime revival, Lottie Joplin Thomas Trust, Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Treemonisha, Broadway, Pulitzer Prize

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