A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 7, 1972

WHEN she thought about ragtime music at all, TIME'S Hilary B. Ostlere admits, she "was like everybody else who considers it merely something played in bars by people with funny hats and striped sleeves." That was several months ago, and since then Ostlere has become a rags buff. She had an opportunity to indulge her new musical interest by doing the research for this week's Music section story on the late composer Scott Joplin.

The backgrounds of Ostlere and Robert T. Jones, who wrote the story, are about as close to ragtime as Bach...

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