Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard

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Ragtime Sheet-Music Art from the Early 1900s

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I love the old sheet music covers from the ragtime era. These eye-catching works of art helped propel sales of popular songs to the public. This cover for “The Neutrality March” by Mike Bernard, The Ragtime King and a major character in my historical novel TEMPTATION RAG, is a real gem.

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Unbelievable Recording from 1912


Mike Bernard, a leading character in my new book, TEMPTATION RAG: A Novel, was one of the most famous musicians of the ragtime era. I hope you’ll enjoy listening to this authentic recording from 1912. It’s like nothing you’ve ever heard . . . well, you’ll recognize parts of it! (To link to the recording, continue to the full blog post.)

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TEMPTATION RAG: A NOVEL . . . Now on NetGalley

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I’ve been busy lately putting the finishing touches on my new historical novel, TEMPTATION RAG, to be released December 3, 2018. The uncorrected proofs are now available for qualified Advance Readers on NetGalley. Here’s what it’s about: Seventeen-year-old May Convery, unhappy with her privileged life in turn-of-the-century New York City, dreams of becoming a poet. […]

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