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The Art of P. T. Barnum

This carefully researched study of America’s greatest showman, huckster, and impresario is both an inclusive analysis of the historical and cultural forces that were the conditions of P. T. Barnum’s success, and, as befits its subject, a richly entertaining presentation of the outrageous man and his exploits.

352 pages | 28 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1975

Culture Studies

History: American History

Table of Contents

1. Early Years
2. The American Museum
3. The Operational Aesthetic
4. International Triumphs
5. The Swedish Nightingale
6. Disasters Encountered
7. Business and Politics
8. The Man of Confidence
9. The Circus
10. The Compleat Showman
Bibliographic Essay

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