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Tragedy in Ragtime:Black Folktales from St. Louis
is a dissertation, never to my knowledge published except as such by UMI Dissertation Services or ProQuest Company (I couldn't determine which!).
Published 1976 by St. Louis Universith
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This volume has, from a reader's perspective, some of the failings to be expected in a thesis manuscript: emphasis on facts and references, less on style and story. However, I knew what I was getting into and have admired David's work for some time. As information and research, Tragedy in Ragtime should get more than three stars, but this is a reading list, not a syllabus. If David had managed to turn his thesis into a book, I believe it would have rated at least four. But, as I recall, he died ...more