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The Resource Barnum : an American life, Robert Wilson, (large print)

Barnum : an American life, Robert Wilson, (large print)

Label
Barnum : an American life
Title
Barnum
Title remainder
an American life
Statement of responsibility
Robert Wilson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"P. T. Barnum was the greatest showman the world has ever seen: the cocreator of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the man who made worldwide sensations of Jumbo the Elephant, General Tom Thumb, and the "Swedish Nightingale," Jenny Lind. He was the champion of wonder, joy, trickery, and "humbug." He was, as Barnum argues, one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century. 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. From birth to death, Phineas Taylor Barnum 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 rebuild and succeed again. As an entertainer, Barnum courted controversy time and again 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, and 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"--
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Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
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1951 February 21-
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Wilson, Robert
Dewey number
791.3092
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Barnum, P. T.
  • Barnum and Bailey
  • Large type books
  • Circus owners
  • Circus
Label
Barnum : an American life, Robert Wilson, (large print)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
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
Control code
zrhpl0 b706340
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large Print edition.
Extent
607 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432864255
Lccn
2019031036
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Barnum : an American life, Robert Wilson, (large print)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
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
Control code
zrhpl0 b706340
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large Print edition.
Extent
607 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432864255
Lccn
2019031036
Other physical details
illustrations

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