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P. T. Barnum : the legend and the man

Author: A H Saxon
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: I believe hugely in advertising and blowing my own trumpet, beating the gongs, drums, to attract attention to a show, Phineas Taylor Barnum wrote to a publisher in 1860. "I don't believe in 'duping the public, ' but I believe in first attracting and then pleasing them." The name P.T. Barnum is virtually synonymous with the fine art of self-advertisement and the apocryphal statement, "There's a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: P T Barnum; P T Barnum; Phineas Taylor Barnum; Phineas Taylor Barnum
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A H Saxon
ISBN: 0231056869 9780231056861 0231056877 9780231056878
OCLC Number: 19456005
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 437 p., [53] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: Illustrations --
Prologue --
1: Life in progress --
2: Bethal --
3: Religion of healthy-mindedness --
4: Showman Barnum --
5: Wonders of God's universe --
6: Of mermaids and the man in miniature --
7: Universal yankee --
8: Finer things --
9: Bridgeport and bankruptcy --
10: Pro bono publico --
11: New beginning --
12: Crowning efforts --
13: Children's friend and jumbo --
14: Sun of the amusement world --
Epilogue --
Appendix: Barnum aprocrypha --
Notes --
Selected bibliography --
Acknowledgments --
Index of persons.
Responsibility: A. H. Saxon.

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Saxon brings together more than 300 letters written by the self-styled "Prince of Humbugs." Here we see him, opinionated and exuberant, with only the rarest flashes of introspection and self-doubt,  Read more...

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For too long the public impression of P.T. Barnum has been one laced with thoughts of humbug and chicanery, with the shadiness of the pitchman. Here, in these fascinating letters, we find him to be Read more...

 
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