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Joplin's ragtime style lives on in print and song

Scott Joplin's (haunted?) house in St. Louis, ca. 1860s (photo from City of St. Louis website)

By Steve Inskeep, NPR

St. Louis, MO – Scott Joplin was once among America's most popular songwriters. The son of a former slave, the composer's Ragtime music swept the nation more than 100 years ago.

Joplin's house in St. Louis is thought by some to be haunted. A visit to the home inspired author Tananarive Due to write her latest book, Joplin's Ghost.

Due's book brings Joplin into the present as a ghost that is haunting a young R&B singer, a woman who has already survived a crushing encounter with an antique piano.

To hear Steve Inskeep's report, as it was heard on NPRs Morning Edition, and to read an exerpt from the book, click here.


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