Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P. T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity by Eric D. Lehman

Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P. T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity

byEric D. Lehman

Kobo ebook | October 22, 2013

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Winner of the Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award, Victorian Society of America (2014)

When P. T. Barnum met twenty-five-inch-tall Charles Stratton at a Bridgeport, Connecticut hotel in 1843, one of the most important partnerships in entertainment history was born. With Barnum’s promotional skills and the miniature Stratton’s comedic talents, they charmed a Who’s Who of the 19th century, from Queen Victoria to Charles Dickens to Abraham Lincoln. Adored worldwide as “General Tom Thumb,” Stratton played to sold-out shows for almost forty years. From his days as a precocious child star to his tragic early death, Becoming Tom Thumb tells the full story of this iconic figure for the first time. It details his triumphs on the New York stage, his epic celebrity wedding, and his around-the-world tour, drawing on newly available primary sources and interviews. From the mansions of Paris to the deserts of Australia, Stratton’s unique brand of Yankee comedy not only earned him the accolades of millions of fans, it helped move little people out of the side show and into the lime light.
Title:Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P. T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American CelebrityFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 22, 2013Publisher:Wesleyan University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0819573329

ISBN - 13:9780819573322

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