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P.T. Barnum : the legend and the man

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
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; P T Barnum; Phineas Taylor Barnum; Phineas Taylor Barnum; Phineas T Barnum; P T Barnum; Phineas Taylor Barnum
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A H Saxon
ISBN: 0231056869 9780231056861 0231056877 9780231056878
OCLC Number: 19456005
Awards: Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History, 1990
Description: xii, 437 pages, 53 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 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.


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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