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Barnum's Bridgeport, Bibliography

Bibliography and Sources: P.T. Barnum

  • Struggles and triumphs, or, Forty years’ recollections of P. T. Barnum.  Written by himself.  Author’s edition. (Biography complete to April, 1871.)  New York:  American News Company, 1871. vii, 856 p. illus. 20 cm.
[B B2635b]
  • The life of P. T. Barnum.  Written by himself, including his golden rules for money-making.  Brought up to 1888. Buffalo, N. Y.:   The Courier Co., 1888. 357 p. illus. 19cm.
[B B2635b5]
  • Life of Hon. Phineas T. Barnum , by Joel Benton.  [Philadelphia]:  Edgewood Publ. Co., 1891.  621 p.: front., plates, ports. ; 20 cm.

Notes:   At head of title: A unique story of a marvelous career.

[HCB B2635bn]
  • Barnum, by M.R. Werner.  New York:   Harcourt, Brace [c1923].  viii, 381 p. illus., facsim., plates, ports. 23 cm. Bibliography:  p. 373-376.
[XHCB B2635w]
  • Barnum / traduit par A. Tougard de Boismilon.  Paris:  Payot, 1924.  [ix]-xiii, [15]-349 p., 1 leaf ; 19 cm.

Notes:   M.R. Werner.  On cover: 3. mille.

[B B2635w]
  • Trumpets of jubilee: Henry Ward Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Lyman Beecher, Horace Greeley, P.T. Barnum, by Constance Mayfield Rourke.  New York:   Harcourt, Brace & Company [c1927].  xiv, 445 p. pl., ports. 24 cm.  Bibliography:   “A note on sources”: p. 435-437.
[920.07 R86]
  • The unknown Barnum, by Harvey W. Root.  New York; London:   Harper, 1927. vii, 376 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
[B B2635r2]
  • The fabulous showman; the life and times of P.T. Barnum, by Irving Wallace.   New York:   Knopf [c1959]. 279 p.: ill. ; 22 cm.  Bibliography:  p. [256]-265.
[HCB B2635wa]
  • Barnum in London, by Raymond Fitzsimons.  New York:   St. Martin’s Press [1970]. 179 p. plates, ports. 23 cm.  Bibliography:  p. 170-173.
[B B2635f]
  • Barnum’s own story; the autobiography of P. T. Barnum, combined &  condensed from the various editions published during his lifetime,  by Waldo R. Browne.  Gloucester, Mass.:   P. Smith, 1972.  xii, 452 p. illus. 22 cm.
[B B2635b4 1972 ed.]
  • Humbug; the art of P. T. Barnum by Neil Harris.   Edition [1st ed.]  Boston:   Little, Brown [1973].  xiv, 337 p. illus. 25 cm.  Bibliography: p. [297]-303.
  • P. T. Barnum presents Jenny Lind : the American tour of th Swedish Nightingale, by W. Porter Ware and Thaddeus C. Lockard, Jr.  Baton Rouge:  Louisiana State University Press, c1980. 204 p.:  ill.; 24 cm.   Notes:  Includes index.   Bibliography:  p. 197-200.
[782.1092 L742w]
  • Struggles and triumphs, or, Forty years’ recollections of P.T. Barnum, written by himself,  edited and abridged with an introduction by Carl Bode.  New York, N.Y.:  Penguin Books, 1981.  394 p.; 19 cm.  Series:  The Penguin American library Penguin American library.  Includes bibliographical references (p. 35).
[B B2635b]
  • Selected letters of P.T. Barnum, edited and introduced by A.H. Saxon.   New York:  Columbia University Press, 1983.  xxxv, 351 p.:  ill., facsims., ports. ; 24 cm.  Includes bliographical references and index.
[816 B263s]
  • Barnum / par lui-m^eme ; lettres choisies et presentees par A.H. Saxon ;  traduites de l’americain par L.R. Dauven.  Sorvilier [Switzerland]:   Editions de la Gardine, 1986. xxi, [267] p. : ill., ports., facsims. ; 22 x 23 cm.  Collection Le Cirque et l’homme.

Note:   Includes index.  “Exemplaire: XXXIII”   “L’edition originale a ete limitee a 1000 exemplaires numerotes de 1 a 1000 et 100 exemplaires hors commerce numerotes de I a C

destines aux proprietaires de lettres et photos originales …”–


[816 B263s2]
  • P.T. Barnum:  the legend and the man / A.H. Saxon.  New York:  Columbia University Press, c1989. xii, 437 p., [53] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.

Notes:   Includes index.   Bibliography:  p. [345]-423.

[HCB B2635a]
  • P. T. Barnum : the world’s greatest showman, by Alice Fleming.  New York:  Walker and Co., c1993.  vi, 160 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Bibliography includes bibliographical references and index.
[HCB B2635fL]
  • P. T. Barnum

    : American dreamer, produced by History Television Network Productions, H-TV.   New York, NY:  A&E Home Video, c1994.  1 videocassette (50 min.:  sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.

Notes:   Videocassette release of an episode of the television series, Biography.


Credits:  Associate producers, John Griffin and Dave Snyder; executive producers, Susan E. Leventhal, Michael Cascio and William Harris; producer/director, Andrea Black.  Performers:   Jack Perkins.

Summary:   An entrepreneur with an extraordinary vision of entertainment, P. T.  Barnum didn’t invent the circus, he reinvented it. Barnum took the most exciting human and animal acts he could find, put them in a three-ring setting, and electrified America. Here are Barnum’s little-known forays into other careers as well, including politics, newspaper publishing, museums and land development.

Genre:   Documentary television programs.  Video cassettes.

[B B2635p BPL-VC 9095]
  • P.T. Barnum : America’s greatest showman,  by Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr., Philip B. Kunhardt III, and Peter W. Kunhardt.   1st ed.  New York:  Knopf, c1995. ix, 358 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.

Notes:   “A Borzoi book”–CIP t. p. verso.  Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-350) and index.

[HC B B2635k]
  • P. T. Barnum
    • Vertical File, Bridgeport History Center, Subject:  “Biog.  BARNUM, P.T.”
    • Newspaper Clippings, Bridgeport History Center, Subject:  “Biog.  BARNUM, P.T.”
    • Newspaper Clippings, Bridgeport History Center, Subject:  CIRCUS
    • Manuscripts Collection, Bridgeport History Center
    • Photograph Collection, Bridgeport History Center
    • Circus Book Collection, Bridgeport History Center, various
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