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The Colossal P T Barnum Reader

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Author: Phineas Taylor Barnum
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252030543
Size: 16.19 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 258
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Book Description: The Colossal P. T. Barnum Reader reveals the trailblazing American showman as, by turns, a moral reformer, a habitual hoaxer, an insightful critic, a savvy "puffer," a master of images, a sparkling writer, a relentless provocateur, and an early advocate of "family" entertainments. Taken together, these selections paint a new and more complete portrait of this complex man than has ever been seen before. James W. Cook's The Colossal P. T. Barnum Reader includes large excerpts from Barnum's semi-autobiographical novel The Adventures of an Adventurer (1841), his European letters from 1844-46 informing readers of the New York Atlas of his reception by royalty overseas, selections from his Ancient and Modern Humbugs of the World (Barnum's 1864-65 insider's look into nineteenth-century frauds), and much, much more. The book also features vintage photographs and reproductions of difficult-to-find images from Barnum's two-decade collaboration with the prominent New York lithographers Currier and Ives. Collectively, these materials help us to track the shifting personas of the great showman, his promotional choices, and his publics across the nineteenth century. Book jacket.


Barnum

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Author: Robert Wilson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 1501118714
Size: 33.42 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 368
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Book Description: “Robert Wilson’s Barnum, the first full-dress biography in twenty years, eschews clichés for a more nuanced story…It is a life for our times, and the biography Barnum deserves.” —The Wall Street Journal P.T. Barnum is the greatest showman the world has ever seen. As a creator of the Barnum & Baily Circus and a champion of wonder, joy, trickery, and “humbug,” he was the founding father of American entertainment—and as Robert Wilson argues, one of the most important figures in American history. Nearly 125 years after his death, the name P.T. Barnum still inspires wonder. Robert Wilson’s vivid new biography captures the full genius, infamy, and allure of the ebullient showman, who, from birth to death, repeatedly reinvented himself. He learned as a young man how to wow crowds, and built a fortune that placed him among the first millionaires in the United States. He also suffered tragedy, bankruptcy, and fires that destroyed his life’s work, yet willed himself to recover and succeed again. As an entertainer, Barnum courted controversy throughout his life—yet he was also a man of strong convictions, guided in his work not by a desire to deceive, but an eagerness to thrill and bring joy to his audiences. He almost certainly never uttered the infamous line, “There’s a sucker born every minute,” instead taking pride in giving crowds their money’s worth and more. Robert Wilson, editor of The American Scholar, tells a gripping story in Barnum, one that’s imbued with the same buoyant spirit as the man himself. In this “engaging, insightful, and richly researched new biography” (New York Journal of Books), Wilson adeptly makes the case for P.T. Barnum’s place among the icons of American history, as a figure who represented, and indeed created, a distinctly American sense of optimism, industriousness, humor, and relentless energy.


The Chinese Lady

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Author: Nancy E. Davis
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0190645237
Size: 15.25 MB
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 344
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Book Description: "In 1834, a Chinese woman named Afong Moy arrived in America as both a prized guest and advertisement for a merchant firm--a promotional curiosity and celebrity used to peddle exotic wares from the East. This first biography of Afong Moy explores how she shaped a number of Americans' impressions of China, all while living as a stranger in a foreign land"--


New York Recentered

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Author: Kara Murphy Schlichting
Publisher: Historical Studies of Urban Am
ISBN: 022661302X
Size: 71.86 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 328
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Book Description: The history of New York City's urban development often centers on titanic municipal figures like Robert Moses and on prominent inner Manhattan sites like Central Park. New York Recentered boldly shifts the focus to the city's geographic edges--the coastlines and waterways--and to the small-time unelected locals who quietly shaped the modern city. Kara Murphy Schlichting details how the vernacular planning done by small businessmen and real estate operators, performed independently of large scale governmental efforts, refigured marginal locales like Flushing Meadows and the shores of Long Island Sound and the East River in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The result is a synthesis of planning history, environmental history, and urban history that recasts the story of New York as we know it.


The Genesis Of Mass Culture

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Author: J. Springhall
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230612121
Size: 73.46 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 242
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Book Description: A thorough survey of the origins and development of the major distinct American commercial entertainments that emerged between over the course of the 19th century and into the 20th, including P.T. Barnum_s American Museum, freak show, and circus, as well as blackface minstrelry, Buffalo Bill_s Wild West Show, and vaudeville.


Consuming Identities

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Author: Amy Katherine D. Lippert
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Size: 19.22 MB
Format: PDF
Category :
Languages : en
Pages : 1366
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The Publishers Weekly

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Size: 78.74 MB
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Category : American literature
Languages : en
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Bridgeport

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Author: Eric D. Lehman
Publisher: History Press (SC)
ISBN:
Size: 16.83 MB
Format: PDF
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 126
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Book Description: Collection of anecdotes from the history of Bridgeport including the story of Block Rock Lighthouse, the city's parks, and P.T. Barnum and major members of his circus like Tom Thumb and the elephant Jumbo.


Program

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Author: Organization of American Historians. Meeting
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Size: 37.74 MB
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Category : Historians
Languages : en
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