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Joplin's ragtime style lives on in print and song

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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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