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En Route to the Great Eastern Circus and Other Essays on Circus History

William L. Slout (Author)

William L. Slout, entertainment historian par excellence, here provides five fascinating essays on the development of the American traveling circus in the post-Civil War era: “En Route to the Great Eastern Circus” (on the creation of this great show); “The Great Eastern Circus of 1872” (more details about one of P. T. Barnum’s rivals); “The Not-So-Great Trans-Atlantic Circus and Menagerie” (how a show failed suddenly in a yellow fever epidemic); “What Goes Up…Comes Down” (how balloning became part of the circus environment); and “The Chicken or the Egg?” (on the first development of the double-ring act pioneered by Barnum and others). These vivid essays, highlighted by numerous contemporaneous excerpts from local newspapers, help bring a long-forgotten era alive again.

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