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The life of P.T. Barnum

Author: P T Barnum
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An autobiography of Phineas T Barnum that immortalizes the showman who hoodwinked customers into paying to hear the reminiscences of a woman presented as George Washington's 161-year-old nurse, the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: P T Barnum; P T Barnum
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P T Barnum
ISBN: 0252069021 9780252069024
OCLC Number: 43246088
Notes: Originally published: New York : Redfield, 1855.
Description: xxxvii, 404 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Chapter I. My Early History 12 --
First Appearance --
School Experience --
John Haight --
Breaking the Ice --
A Debt Discharged --
Living Statues --
Dive, you Vagabond! --
Speculation in Horns --
Biter Bit --
Horse and his Rider --
Crisis --
John goes to Sea --
A Naval Officer --
Pennies and Sixpennies --
Fish out of Water --
First Visit to New-York --
Adventures in the City --
Speculation in Oranges --
Guns and Torpedoes --
Funds running low --
My first Swop --
Vast Supplies --
Corporation Morals --
End of the Bargain --
Chapter II. Clerk in a Store--Anecdotes 28 --
Clerk in a Store --
An Eye to Business --
Jokers' Exchange --
My Inheritance --
Ivy Island --
Anticipations --
An Exploring Expedition --
Among the Bogs --
A Hornets' Nest --
Promised Land --
Vanished Dreams --
Razor-strops --
Diamond cut Diamond --
Drunkard's Keg --
Sense of Honor --
Dark Picture --
Credit stopped --
Tricks of Trade --
Three in a Bed --
Traps and Barricades --
Battle of the Spurs --
Wrong Horse --
Chapter III. Sunday-School--Old Meeting-House 43 --
Sunday-School --
Eccentric Clergyman --
A zealous Brother --
Pumping a Witness --
Awful Disclosures --
Suspicious Circumstances --
Trial --
Climax --
Wedding Fee --
Doctrinal Discussions --
Old Meeting-House --
Stove Reform --
Power of Imagination --
Deacon's Appeal --
Bible-Class --
One Thing Needful --
An Explosion --
Chapter IV. Anecdotes with an Episode 55 --
My Grandfather's Voyage --
A Stray Clergyman --
Beard Question --
A Quandary --
Whiskers Doomed --
Half-shaved --
Razor Overboard --
Indian File --
Unique Procession --
Joke kept up --
Christian's Death-bed --
Irishman's Dog --
Clinching the Bargain --
Trick discovered --
Mrs. O'Brien consoled --
Blue-Laws --
Stage Agent --
Dodging the Deacons --
Stretching the Legs --
Jehn's Consternation --
A Dry Season --
Miller's Trial --
Verdict --
Old Bob --
Bob in the Bogs --
Rider afoot --
A Slave for Life --
Marking the Value --
Chapter V. A Batch of Incidents 74 --
Money-making --
Lotteries --
An attractive Scheme --
No Blanks --
Small Prizes --
Predecessors in Humbug --
Cutting up Bacon --
Out of Breath --
An off Ox --
White-faced Rum --
A Pillar in the Church --
A Fish Story --
Tables turned --
Taking the Census --
Quick Work --
Hieroglyphies --
A Strange Name --
Taking an Oath --
Button Moulds --
Tin Peddler --
Trading in Whetstones --
Difference --
Materials for my Book --
Wood Chopper --
Excitement increases --
Wonderful Bean --
A Joke foreclosed --
Death of my Father --
A Trade in Bottles --
My Lottery --
Bottles and Skimmers --
Lots of Tin --
Doggerel --
Mysterious Stockings --
Curious Coincidence --
An Act of "Charity" --
Queer Symptoms --
Tit for Tat --
Trade in Russia --
Comedy of Errors --
Fun flies --
Explanation --
Filling Rum Bottles --
Old Pensioners --
Duel --
A Dead Shot --
Chapter VI. Incidents and Various Schemes 106 --
A Toe-string --
Spirit of Speculation --
On my own Hook --
Youthful Restlessness --
Successful Experiment --
Extending Business --
Swearing out the Balance --
Seeing the Elephant --
Forcing a Settlement --
Pettifogging --
Speech Spoiled --
My Maiden Plea --
A Cheap Wedding --
Disappointed Squire --
Quack Dentist --
Geese Feathers --
Consultation --
Love-Letter --
Vinegar and Honey --
Poetical Appeal --
Tender-lines --
Compromise --
Extravagant Living --
A Close Shave --
Useful Information --
Facts and Figures --
Lottery Mania --
Plot and Counterplot --
My Marriage --
Irish Peddler --
Mock Trial --
Motion to Adjourn --
A Real Lawyer --
A Seattering Court --
Judge Parsons --
House-keeping --
Religious Excitement --
Sectarian Politics --
Herald of Freedom --
Libel Suit --
In Jail --
Day of Jubilee --
Balancing Accounts --
Chapter VII. Struggling--Joice Heth--Vivalla 142 --
Removal to New-York --
Temptingt Advertisements --
Seeking Employment --
Disappointment --
Darrow and the Shirt --
Missed a Figure --
Joice Heth --
My First Interview --
Bill of Sale --
I Purchase Joice --
Contract --
Exhibition at Niblo's --
Management --
Notices of the Press --
Lawrie Todd --
Ancient Hymns --
Joice in Boston --
Maelzel --
Important Discovery --
A Ludicrous Incident --
Signor Vivalla --
My Second Show --
Washington City --
Scene in the Senate --
Anne Royall --
A Tempest of Wrath --
Paul Pry --
Proposed Speculation --
Pawning my Watch --
Challenge --
A Crotchet --
Private Interview --
Great Excitement --
Trial of Skill --
Moral --
Death of Joice --
Post-Mortem Examination --
A Statement --
Lyman's Hoax --
Newspaper Controversy --
False History --
My Object --
Chapter VIII. Travelling Circus 177 --
Our First Performance --
Incident in Church --
Old Turner --
A Disagreeable Joke --
Tar and Feathers --
Wrong Customer --
Fast Board --
A Crammed Company --
Arithmetical Puzzles --
Sorrowful Parting --
Speech in a Grove --
Serious Reflections --
Dead-head Sheriff --
Sharp Dodging --
Conspiracy Defeated --
Contracted Quarters --
A Perilous Journey --
Vivalla and the Indian --
Courage oozed out --
Egg Trick --
A Discomfited Juggler --
Yankee Munchausen --
Mysterious Boots --
A Long Nap --
Living Mummies --
My Uncle's Number --
Legs by the Bushel --
Bad Luck --
A Friend in Need --
A Hasty Wedding --
A Sudden Departure --
Advertising for a Pariner --
Curious Propositions --
A new Business --
Remnants of my Capital --
A Batch of Recipes --
A Showman again --
Recollections of my Tour --
A Mock Diamond --
In Jail again --
Chapter IX. American Museum 214 --
New Enterprises --
Foot of the Ladder --
Strong Resolutions --
American Museum --
A Bold Attempt --
An Interview --
Propositions --
Ivy Island again --
A Repulse --
Tactics --
Shots take Effect --
Stratagem Foiled --
Victory --
Neck or Nothing --
Museum Improvements --
Humbug and Reality --
Niagara in the Museum --
Taxed for a Cataract --
Falls in Full Flow --
Caught by an Editor --
Captain Cook Club --
My Laurels in Danger --
Hoaxer Hoaxed --
Fejee Mermaid --
Puzzle for Naturalists --
Professor Griffin --
Ways and Means --
An Ingenious Work --
Preliminaries --
Siebold's Explanation --
Grand Announcement --
Old Dutchman --
A Sight of the "Mare-Maid" --
Mermaid and Cigar --
Professor Nonplussed --
Striking the Flag --
Receipts in Contrast --
Profitable Opposition --
Gen. Tom Thumb --
A Frank Confession --
Chapter X. European Tour--Tom Thumb 246 --
Embarkation for England --
Farewell Thoughts --
Tobacco Trick --
Courtesy for a Fee --
A Yankee Guide --
Gloomy Prospects --
Gleam of Sunshine --
Value of Dwarfs --
London Manager --
Nobility Excluded --
Mr. Everett --
Visit at Rothschild's --
Golden Showers --
Lessons in Etiquette --
Tom Thumb before the Queen --
Backing Out --
Tom and the Poodle --
Prince of Wales --
Royalty and Yankee Doodle --
Fashionable Popularity --
Queen Dowager --
Iron Duke and Bonaparte --
Emperor Nicholas --
Review at Windsor --
Louis Philippe --
Royal Industry --
Field of Waterloo --
Deceased Military Friends --
An unexpected Smash --
Custom of the Country --
A Soaker --
Barber-ous Proceedings --
Brummagem Relies --
Worth makes the Man --
Golden Calves --
A Day with Albert Smith --
Who is Shakspeare? --
Guy of Warwick --
A Flock of Showmen --
A Great Day's Work --
Castle-hunting --
Yankee Curiosity --
A Lucky Pile --
An American Prince --
Suspicious Sausages --
Aneedote of Franklin --
Electric Glory --
Distinguished Americans --
General at Home --
Twenty-five Cents' Worth --
Tour in the United States --
General in Cuba --
Raising Turkeys --
Chapter XI. Jenny Lind Enterprise 296 --
An Agent to Europe --
Terms of Engagement --
Misrepresentations --
Contract --
A Surprise --
Agreement ratified --y A Cheap Picture --
Preparing the Way --
First Meeting with Jenny --
Landing --
Water versus Wine --
A new Proposition --
Jenny's Benevolence --
First Concert --
Enthusiastic Reception --
Petty Annoyances --
Management --
Press --
Receipts --
An Affecting Incident --
A Ruse --
Power of Imagination --
President Fillmore --
Messrs. Clay, Cass, Webster, and Benton --
Washington's Grave --
Shaking Hands --
Extempore Waiter --
Christmas Tree --
Solemn Moments --
Jenny in Havana --
A Triumph --
Recreation --
Vivalla and his Dog --
Prodigy --
Up the Mississippi --
Mystified Barber --
Hermitage --
April Fool --
Another Ruse --
Humbugged after all --
Useless Revolvers --
Engagement closed --
Jenny's Marriage --
Charity Concerts --
Price of Tickets --
Total Receipts of Concerts --
Jenny Lind's Receipts --
Chapter XII. "Side Shows"--Buffalo Hunt, Etc. 344 --
Moving Shakspeare's House --
Swiss Bell Ringers --
Various Enterprises --
Philadelphia Museum --
Travelling Menagerie --
Woolly Horse --
Fremont's Nondescript --
His Last Kick --
Herd of Buffaloes --
A Free Exhibition --
Buffalo Hunt --
Pleased with Humbug --
Circumstances alter Cases --
Monkey and Gander Skins --
Chapter XIII. Temperance and Agriculture 359 --
My Temperance Movements --
An Inextricable Dilemma --
My Conversion --
Self-delusion --
Maine Law --
Temperance Lectures --
A Question answered --
Cold Victuals --
A Man without Friends --
Gratifying Incident --
Temperance Tract --
Agriculture --
Small Potatoes --
Grafts and Suckers --
Indigestible Food --
Importance of Agriculture --
Labor and Taste.
Responsibility: written by himself, Phineas T. Barnum ; introduction by Terence Whalen.

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