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The fabulous showman : the life and times of P.T. Barnum

Author: Irving Wallace
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1959.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This book is a fast-paced, carefully documented, and rich biography of Barnum, the greatest showman of all time, the American from Bethel, Connecticut, whose eccentricities and oblique, cynical approach to humanity transformed entertainment into a big, incredibly profitable business. As bachelor, husband (twice), father, and grandfather, Barnum comes to life in Mr. Wallace's crowded pages, an exceedingly interesting  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wallace, Irving, 1916-1990.
Fabulous showman.
New York, Knopf, 1959
(OCoLC)580132080
Named Person: P T Barnum; P T Barnum; P T Barnum; Phineas Taylor Barnum
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Irving Wallace
OCLC Number: 710688
Description: 317 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Gen. Washington's nurse --
Ivy Island --
Mermaid from Feejee --
Twenty-five-inch man --
Chang and Eng --
Swedish nightingale --
Iranistan --
Jerome Clock Company --
White whale --
Jumbo.
Responsibility: by Irving Wallace.

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This book is a fast-paced, carefully documented, and rich biography of Barnum, the greatest showman of all time, the American from Bethel, Connecticut, whose eccentricities and oblique, cynical approach to humanity transformed entertainment into a big, incredibly profitable business. As bachelor, husband (twice), father, and grandfather, Barnum comes to life in Mr. Wallace's crowded pages, an exceedingly interesting and human man. Here, too, are New York City in all its nineteenth-century color, the London of Queen Victoria, and the Paris of Napoleon III. - Jacket flap.

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