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The Victorian clown

Author: J S Bratton; Ann Featherstone
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Victorian Clown is a microhistory of mid-Victorian comedy, spun out of the life and work of two professional clowns. Their previously unpublished manuscripts - James Erowde's account of his young life with the famous Hengler's Circus in the 1850s and Thomas Lawrence's 1871 gagbook - offer unique, unmediated access to the grass roots of popular entertainment. Through them this book explores the role of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: James Frowde; Thomas Lawrence; James Frowde
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J S Bratton; Ann Featherstone
ISBN: 9780521816663 0521816661
OCLC Number: 62307688
Description: xiii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. The Victorian circus --
1. The Victorian clown --
2. Victorian travelling shows --
3. Circus buildings --
4. A microhistory from two manuscripts --
pt. II. The circus memoirs of James Frowde, a Victorian clown --
1. Childhood and youth, 1831-1846 --
2. Running away to join the circus, 1847-1849 --
3. Out into the world to learn his trade, 1849 --
4. At last a clown with Hengler's, 1849-1851 --
5. A spell with Cooke's circus, 1851 --
6. The end of the story, 1851-1857 --
pt. III. Thomas Lawrence's repertoire : popular humour unmediated --
pt. IV. The 1871 gagbook of Thomas Lawrence.
Responsibility: Jacky Bratton, Ann Featherstone.
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