The Life Of P. T. Barnum, Written By Himself

Paperback | August 1, 2000

byP T. Barnum

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Embodying all that was grand and fraudulent in American mass culture, P. T. Barnum skillfully crafted his public image through a series of progressively tamer autobiographies. This is the first paperback edition of Barnum's original, outrageous autobiography, published in 1855.

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 Phineas T. Barnum represented American mass culture at its best and worst. He won public attention however he could: as a libelous newspaper editor, a charlatan showman and a hypocritical public benefactor. He created an enigmatic public image through a lifelong advertising campaign. Amid various shows and exhibitions, Barnum publishe...

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Embodying all that was grand and fraudulent in American mass culture, P. T. Barnum skillfully crafted his public image through a series of progressively tamer autobiographies. This is the first paperback edition of Barnum's original, outrageous autobiography, published in 1855.

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For more than fifty years, Phineas T. Barnum embodied all that was grand and fraudulent in American mass culture. Over the course of a life that spanned the nineteenth century (1810-91), he inflicted himself upon a surprisingly willing public in a variety of guises, from newspaper editor (or libeler) to traveling showman (or charlatan)...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:August 1, 2000Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0252069021

ISBN - 13:9780252069024

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 Phineas T. Barnum represented American mass culture at its best and worst. He won public attention however he could: as a libelous newspaper editor, a charlatan showman and a hypocritical public benefactor. He created an enigmatic public image through a lifelong advertising campaign. Amid various shows and exhibitions, Barnum published newspaper articles, fraud exposés, self-help articles and a series of best-selling autobiographies. The first paperback edition of his original, outrageous autobiography from 1865, The Life of P.T. Barnum, Written by Himself is a funny and fascinating work of fact and fiction from a man who made a career out of deceiving audiences to get attention.