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The life of P.T. Barnum
2017
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HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. Meet the greatest entertainer of the 19th Century... In 1834, desperate to create a better life for his family, small-time Connecticut businessman P. T. Barnum moved to New York City. With true entrepreneurial spirit and against all odds, he wowed audiences with his ensemble of musical spectacles, attractions and variety shows - often exploiting the vulnerable for entertainment value. A master showman, his crowning achievement was the world-famous circus, Barnum & Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth. In this account of his life and work, written by the man himself and first published in 1855, P. T. Barnum creates an aura of excitement about himself and his enduring fame, confirming his reputation as the greatest impresario of all time and revealing the controversial decisions that helped him to his fortune.
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Table of Contents
Introductoryp. 1
Chapter IMy Early Historyp. 3
Chapter IIClerk in a Store - Anecdotesp. 17
Chapter IIISunday School - Old Meeting-Housep. 31
Chapter IVAnecdotes with an Episodep. 42
Chapter VA Batch of Incidentsp. 60
Chapter VIIncidents and Various Schemesp. 89
Chapter VIIStruggling - Joice Heth - Vivallap. 122
Chapter VIIIThe Travelling Circusp. 155
Chapter IXThe American Museump. 189
Chapter XEuropean Tour - Tom Thumbp. 216
Chapter XIThe Jenny Lind Enterprisep. 262
Chapter XII"Side Shows" - Buffalo Hunt, Etc.p. 309
Chapter XIIITemperance and Agriculturep. 321
Chapter XIVSundry Business Enterprisesp. 339
Classic Literature: Words and Phrasesp. 363
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