The circus is a source of nostalgia for Americans of all ages, either from memories of attending P.T. Barnum's "Greatest Show on Earth," or through the colorful evocations in many movies, television programs, and books. Interest in the circus phenomenon is unflagging, yet there have been few publications that look closely at how the circus's European origins were refashioned for an American audience. Lavishly illustrated and carefully researched, this volume explores how American culture, values,
In this revealing memoir, told with southern charm and wit, Norris Church Mailer depicts the full evolution of her colorful life—from her childhood in a small Arkansas town all the way through her intense thirty-three-year marriage with Norman Mailer and his heartbreaking death. She met Norman by chance while in her early twenties and they fell in love in one night. Theirs was a marriage full of friendship, betrayal, doubts, understanding, challenges, and deep, complicated, lifelong passion. The couple’s
A century ago, daily life ground to a halt when the circus rolled into town. Across America, banks closed, schools canceled classes, farmers left their fields, and factories shut down so that everyone could go to the show. In this entertaining and provocative book, Janet Davis links the flowering of the early -twentieth -century American railroad circus to such broader historical developments as the rise of big business, the breakdown of separate spheres for men and women, and the genesis of the United
The Children's Dream of Fairy-Land (1893) . . . Living Statues on Horseback (1890s) . . . Real Roman Hippodrome, Five Continent Menagerie (1890s) . . . Uno, Queen Supreme of the Serpent Kingdom (1894) . . . Dancing Girls, Mounted Guards and Truly Lavish Displays (1903) . . . "Twisting Double Somersault," A Feat Never Before Attempted by the Most Intrepid Aerialists (1904) . . . Desperado's Terrible Leap for Life, A Terrific Descent of 80 Feet Through Space Landing Upon His Chest on a Skid (1909) . . . The
During its heyday, the American circus was the largest show-biz industry the world had ever seen. From the mid-1800s to mid-1900s, traveling American circuses performed for audiences of up to 14,000 per show and crisscrossed the country on 20,000 miles of railroad in one season alone. The spectacle of death-defying daredevils and strapping super-heroes gripped the American imagination, outshining theater, comedy, and minstrel shows of the day, and ultimately paving the way for film and television. The
This is the story of the survival of American circuses throughout one of the most perilous periods in our nation's history: 1860-1865. This was a period of transition for traveling exhibitions. The size of equipment and personnel had leveled off, performances were fixed, and the number of proprietors had reached a peak that would not be exceeded until the early 1870s. But still the show had to go on! Complete with notes, index, bibliography, and contemporaneous illustrations.
An utterly charming account of the author's novice plunge into the strange and wonderful world of contemporary circus, and a nostalgic look back at circus history and inside the current Cirque du Soleil-fueled phenomenon. When Duncan Wall visited his first nouveau cirque as a college student in Paris, everything about it-the monochromatic costumes, the acrobats singing Simon and Garfunkel, the juggler reciting Proust-hooked him. Soon he was attending circuses two or three nights a week, and soon after that,
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Family Circus! The Family Circus Library, Vol. 1 by Bil Keane collects the classic newspaper strip in chronological order for the very first time, in beautifully designed hardcover books. Starting with the very first strip, originally published on February 29th, 1960, The Family Circus Library, Vol. 1 will feature a complete run of the first two years, including dailies and Sundays. Beautifully produced by Eisner award-winning designer Dean Mullaney, the mastermind of
In this fascinating book, Sperber uses original research culled from students, faculty, and administrators around the country, to argue that what universities offer instead of a meaningful undergraduate education is a meager and dangerous substitute: the party scene surrounding college sports that Sperber calls "beer and circus" and which serves to keep the students happy while tuition dollars keep rolling in. He explodes cherished myths about college sports, showing, for instance, that contrary to popular
Once an eagerly awaited spectacle, the traveling circus--that miracle of red wagons, trumpeting elephants and spangled trapeze artists that slipped into town at dawn and disappeared by midnight--has all but vanished from the American landscape. This work explores circus history from 1793 to the present and addresses the forces of modern culture (such as the popularity of Cirque du Soleil, and pressure from the animal rights movement) that are pushing big top shows toward what the author calls "circus
Captain Eddie V. Rickenbacker, originally from Ohio, was best known as one of the commanders of the 94th "Hat-in-the-Ring" Squadron, a crack unit of pilots that included many former members of the famed Lafayette Escadrille. The 94th ended the war in France with the highest number of air victories of any American squadron. Captain Rickenbacker later belonged to an association of pilots and Great War air veterans who, in the years immediately following the Second World War, invited many of the new "young"
The most famous athlete of his era, Hobey Baker dazzled teammates and rivals alike. Handsome, charming and supremely athletic, he is the only individual to be inducted in both the Hockey Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. Three years after graduating from Princeton, Baker fought in World War One along with flying ace Eddie Rickenbaker against the deadly Flying Circus of Baron Richthofen, the Red Knight of Germany. Baker's untimely death at age 27 in France just as the Great War ended has
Starting in the 870s, the barns, icehouses, gymnasiums and empty theaters of central Illinois provided the practice sites for aerial performers whose names still command reverence in the annals of American circus history. Meet Fred Miltimore and the Gre.Author: Brunsdale, Maureen.Quality Paper ( 56 pages).Publisher: History Press (SC), July 20 3.BISAC Subject: Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction .English .Dimensions : 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 Weight: .The Bloomington-Normal Circus Legacy: The Golden Age of
The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy
Norma I. Quintana (born 1954) is an American photographer and educator working in the tradition of social documentary, shooting exclusively in black and white and using only available light. Her first monograph presents a decade-long pictorial series of a traveling one-ring circus.
"A compelling blend of science, history and storytelling. Barbara Ravage has fashioned an enlightening, invaluable book." --Stewart O'Nan, author of "The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy"Though each of us is just a spark away from being a burn victim, the public knows little and understands less about the world that patients inhabit. Pulling the curtains back on this private and sterile environment, "Burn Unit" is a riveting account of the frontline efforts--both modern-day and
The popularity of the circus in the United States reached its zenith in the early 1900s; as the century progressed, the circus gradually came to reflect traditional American values. Observing the growing conservatism of the circus during this period, Robert Penn Warren and other authors of the Southern Renaissance found it complemented their representations of both the mythic Old South and the cultural stagnation resulting from allegiance to it, especially in light of social and moral imperatives to adapt
When listing the top movers and shakersin the history of Las Vegas gaming,Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, and HowardHughes inevitably garner a mention.But such a list is incomplete without BillBennett - the Forgotten Man.While Wynn and other resort operatorscatered to high-rollers, Bennett focusedon middle-class Americans to fillhis hotel rooms and play his slot machines.He transformed Circus Circus from astruggling curiosity into the Strip's mostsuccessful resort.Forgotten Man, told through in-depthinterviews
- The Family Circus is growing! Dad, Mom, Billy, Dolly, and Jeffy are about to welcome a new member to their ranks - PJ! On August 1, 1962, PJ was born and the circle was complete. - Book Two of The Family Circus Library contains over 600 daily comics, and more than 100 Sunday strips, each one showcasing Bil Keane's sharp eye for details as he presents a comical and endearing portrait of family life, one that every parent can relate to. -The Library of American Comics is the world's #1 publisher of classic
Dan Rice had many lives. He was a pig presenter, a strongman, a lecturer, and a comic singer, all before joining the dazzling world of the circus. In 1855, he created Dan Rice's Great Show. Labeling himself the "Great American Humorist," he toured the country and spoke out on issues of the day before large crowds. Swept up in a new cult of celebrity, he rose to become one of the most famous--and infamous--men in America. He even ran for president. So why have so few people ever heard of Dan Rice? Propelled
In April 1884, Ben Wallace, the owner of the local livery, opened the season of his new circus in Peru and billed it as Wallace and Company’s Great World’s Menagerie and International Circus. It was an instant success and soon grew to be one of the largest and most renowned circuses in American history. Over the next 50 years, many circuses found a home in Peru. Under the direction of the American Circus Corporation, an industry was created in Peru that employed as many as 4,500 people. Circuses like the
The first biography of the vagabond and hard-boiled writer who rocked Hollywood during the Roaring Twenties The son of an Irish ditch-digger, Jim Tully (1886-1947) left his hometown of St. Marys, Ohio, in 1901, spending most of his teenage years in the company of hoboes. Drifting across the country as a "road kid," he spent those years scrambling into boxcars, sleeping in hobo jungles, avoiding railroad cops, begging meals from back doors, and haunting public libraries. After six years on the road, he
"Hearts Like Lemons in Fists of Dew" and "Winter Burial" (written by a mortician) lead off this collection of the best unpublished stories by new writers. From "Circus": After the Tbilisi circus school closed, Shukhia looked for work until the night her father brought home a graying bus driver who'd worked in a Mercedes plant in Germany. "Meet your rich husband," he said. They drank araki and toasted the advantages of a seventeen-year-old wife, while she and her mother served lamb and pilaf. Judges previous
Step right up to this eye-opening account of how circuses are scouted, produced, directed and ballyhooed - and forever reinventing themselves. Covering them all, from the Kings of the sawdust rings to the bottom feeder big tops, the author's unflinching candor and rich historical grasp may change forever how you view and experience the great spangled parade! "Step right up for a visit to the American Circus! There could be no finer guide than David Lewis Hammarstrom ... His passion for sawdust and spangles
Unrelated to the working sled dogs and possessing a beautiful snow-white coat, American Eskimo Dogs are highly intelligent, alert, and friendly. The Barnum & Bailey Circus popularized this breed throughout the United States when an eskie named Pal Pierre was the first dog ever to walk a tightrope. The breed was officially recognized by the AKC in July 1995. This wall calendar presents a collection of fluffy American Eskimo Dogs, both puppies and adult dogs. Includes a free download of the DogDaysTM app for
Alexander Calder was one of the most original artists of the twentieth century and a major figure in American art. Renowned for his mobiles and stabiles, he also created the beloved Calder Circus, an early performance piece now preserved at the Whitney Museum. He was a contemporary and friend of Marcel Duchamp and Joan Mir and collaborated with Martha Graham. His wife, Louisa, was a grandniece of Henry and William James, a liberal society girl from Boston who loved to entertain. Both were characters, full
Edward Vernon Rickenbacker (1890-1973) was an American fighter ace in World War I and Medal of Honor recipient. He was also a race car driver and automotive designer, a government consultant in military matters and a pioneer in air transportation. During his lifetime, Rickenbacker worked with many influential civilian and military leaders. He had keen insight into technology, and vision for future improvements. Among other events, he participated in or observed Armistice Day on the Western Front.
Sarasota, Florida, a one-horse farming town turned thriving winter residence of the Ringling Bros. Circus and flocks of snowbirds, has experienced more than its share of quirky characters and peculiar events. Learn about the illustrious John Ringling, from the details of his daily breakfast to the fifty-five year saga that determined his final resting place. Find out the real identity of A NO. 1, the King of Hobos, who spent a night in Sarasota's finest hotel. Witness the most memorable wedding in Sarasota-