Picks and Pans Review: Best New Fictional Device

updated 03/05/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/05/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

In Ragtime (1975), E.L. Doctorow combined real-life historical figures and events with fiction in a way so freewheeling it relaxed all previous notions about how far a novelist might go in rewriting history.

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