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Barnum : an American life / Robert Wilson.

Wilson, Robert, 1951- author. (Author).
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library 921 BAR (Text) 33500013105374 New Checked out 09/03/2019

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  • ISBN: 9781501118623
  • ISBN: 1501118625
  • ISBN: 9781501118715
  • ISBN: 1501118714
  • Physical Description: pages cm.
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: "Do you know Barnum?" -- The richest child in town -- The nursemaid -- On Broadway -- The mermaid -- The general -- The queen -- The continent -- At home -- The voice -- Temples of entertainment -- Before the fall -- Putting out fires -- A ruined man -- The war and a wedding -- Fire! -- Show fever -- Marriage bonds -- Excitement, pepper & mustard -- And Bailey -- Last years.
Summary, etc.: "The first major biography of P.T. Barnum in a generation, a vivid account of the forefather of American entertainment"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1
    *Starred Review* Step right up folks to read Wilson's (Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation, 2014) new accounting of the life of P. T. Barnum. And what an incredibly productive and long life it was. This adroitly written biography delves into Barnum's creativity, entrepreneurialism, public engagement, and resilience in the face of personal tragedies. Wilson highlights some of Barnum's most famous (and infamous) performing acts and business relationships, including Joice Heth, the "161-year-old slave nursemaid to George Washington;" "General Tom Thumb, the dwarf entertainer; Jenny Lind, the most famous singer of her time, and the "Fejee Mermaid," a taxonomic specimen of dubious origin. The notoriety Barnum developed made him an in-demand speaker, often on the subject of Temperance; a popular author, an elected official, and yes, a showman. Civic-minded to the end as Bridgeport, Connecticut's most famous citizen, his largess benefits the city to this day. After decades of managing traveling shows and operating the American Museum in New York, it would be his partnership in a traveling circus that would immortalize his name and seal him in the public's imagination. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891.
Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891.
Circus owners > United States > Biography.
Circus owners.
United States.
Genre: Biography.

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