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by Werner, Morris Robert

Published by Garden City, N. Y. , Garden City Publishing Co. , Inc (1923)

Hardcover 381 pages Measures 8x5.5 inches Weighs 1 pound 7 ounces

Condition: Good.
Solid Sturdy Book. Gray cloth boards are aged. Corners are bumped and edges at spine are fraying. Spine is darkened with age. Black Embossed text at front. Black spine text.
Faintly noticeable erasure on front endpaper.
Pages clean save one page at near end with one line underlined (I undertook a close inspection and found no more.)
Pages are light honey colored. Text is crisp. Illustrations are clean.

P. T. BARNUM wrote a voluminous autobiography, the many
editions of which have long been out of print. 1 This auto­
biography is one of the most ingenious and fascinating, and
at the same time one of the most bombastic and verbose books
in American literature. It will be discussed here in its proper
place in detail, and it is mentioned in the very beginning be­
cause some explanation is necessary, besides the story of this
extraordinary man, for telling it now. Barnum was taken
for many years at his own valuation, by his friends and critics
alike; those who admired him accepted him for what he him­
self always said he was, "The Prince of Humbugs," and those
who despised him admitted readily that he deserved that title.
His autobiography was regarded during his lifetime as the
perfect embodiment of the facts of that life and their inter­
pretation, and no attempt has been made since to review one
of America's greatest shows. In the Preface to some of his
edi t ions of the Life of P. T. Barnum, Written by Himself,
and Struggles and Triumphs, Forty Years' Recollections of
P. T. Barnum, as it was sometimes called, Barnum wrote:
. "Tbe7e is an almost universal, and not unworthy curiosity to
learn the methods and measures, the ups and downs, the strifes
and victories, the mental and moral personnel of those who have
taken an active and prominent part in human affairs. But an
autobiography has attractions and merits superior to those of a 'Life'
vn.uen by another, who, however intimate with its subject, cannot
ow an that helps to give interest and accuracy to the narrative,
L iT P ,eneM to the charactcr. The story from the actor's own
•p» nas always a charm it can never have when told by another."
The story from the actor's own lips is likely to be prejudiced
Uvor o! the auth<>r who is also the hero. When Rudyard

Barnum by M.R. Werner the Biography of P.T. Barnum First Edition 1923 Book Hardcover Phineas Taylor Barnum & Bailey Circus


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