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- August 18, 1975
- Vol. 4
- No. 7
E.L. Doctorow Goes from Ragtime to Record Riches
Ragtime's genteel, 44-year-old author E.L. Doctorow did not, of course, attend the vulgar merchandising rites. That's what agents are for. Doctorow was in fact 45 minutes from Broadway, browsing in a New Rochelle bookstore with his 13-year-old son, Sam, at the historic moment of sale. Finally reached by phone by his hardback publisher at Random House, Doctorow was pleased but not overwhelmed at the news that he was an instant millionaire (he will receive half the $1.8 million plus royalties on the best-selling hard cover). His three previous novels—critical but not financial triumphs—had given him a Garboesque perspective on wealth. "I really feel," Doctorow says, "that money is like sex—it's a private matter."
For Bantam, the transaction will turn financially sour unless it can peddle Ragtime, to be published next summer at over $2 a copy, to 4 or 5 million customers. A big box-office movie usually helps push paperback sales, and film rights for Ragtime have been sold to this year's top director, Robert (Nashville) Altman. Doctorow has already heard from a fellow alumnus of Kenyon College in Ohio who wants to be one of the leads. "Remember me?" asked Paul Newman. "We went to college together, and I'd love to play in the movie." "Terrific," said a flattered Doctorow—who graduated in 1952, three years after the 50-year-old Newman, and never met the actor—"you'd be great for the part of the father." But, protested Newman, "I want to play the younger brother."
Such concerns are ahead of Doctorow. This month he has slipped off to Long Island for a vacation with his wife and three children and won't begin his next novel until he is back home in New Rochelle. He's put off any heavy spending until then, too. So far, he told author Kurt Vonnegut Jr., "I bought three pairs of tennis socks, one of which I'm wearing."
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