We are all his creatures : tales of P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman

We are all his creatures : tales of P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman

Noyes, Deborah, author.


1st ed.

Physical Description
266 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.

The mermaid (1842) -- The mysterious arm (1842) -- Returning a bloom to its bud (1845) -- Beside myself (1851) -- We will always be sisters (1852) -- The fairy wedding (1863) -- An extraordinary specimen of magnified humanity (1865) -- The Bearded Lady's son (1868) -- It's not humbug if you believe it (1869) -- All elephants are tragic (1889) -- What makes you think we want you here? (1891).

Personal Subject
Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891-Fiction.

Subject Term
Circus performers -- Fiction.
Entertainers -- Fiction.
Sideshows -- Fiction.
Circus -- Fiction.

Geographic Term
United States -- History -- 1865-1898 -- Fiction.

Short stories.
Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.

Much has been written about P. T. Barnum -- legendary showman, entrepreneur, marketing genius, and one of the most famous nineteenth-century personalities. For those who lived in Barnum's shadow, however, life was complex. P. T. Barnum's two families -- his family at home, including his two wives and his daughters, and his family at work, including Little People, a giantess, an opera singer, and many sideshow entertainers -- suffered greatly from his cruelty and exploitation. Yet, at the same time, some of his performers, such as General Tom Thumb (Charles Stratton), became wealthy celebrities who were admired and feted by presidents and royalty. In this collection of interlinked stories illustrated with archival photographs, Deborah Noyes digs deep into what is known about the people in Barnum's orbit and imagines their personal lives, putting front and center the complicated joy and pain of what it meant to be one of Barnum's "creatures."

LibraryMaterial TypeCall NumberItem AvailableCopiesStatus
Hardwood Creek Library (Forest Lake)BookTEEN FICTION NOY11Teen Collection
R.H. Stafford Library (Woodbury)BookTEEN FICTION NOY11Teen Collection
Stillwater Public LibraryBookTEEN FICTION NOY11Teen Collection