Join the circus for a great
performance in this incredible collection of pictures, prose, and
poetry by circus people and circus lovers all over the world - from
the Circus Maximus days of Pompey to the fantastic arenas of the
Here Mildred Sandison Fenner and Wolcott Fenner have brought
together the best of all circus stories - surrounded by the magic
aura of the circus world. There are sections from such notables as
Jack London, James Thurber, Charles Dickens, Charlie Chaplin, P.T.
Barnum, Robert Benchley, Art Buchwald, Odgen Nash and many more.
Read about the circuses of yesterday and today: the sensational
performances given by the great emperors of Rome, the traveling
troupes of the Middle Ages, America's first big top, and the
unsurpassed spectaculars of the 1970s.
See exotic animals and their courageous trainers - Jumbo, Gargantua,
Ivan and the Three Bears - and learn what it's like to be a circus
doctor. Meet daring aerialists who make their living hundreds of
feet above the center ring - Lillian Leitzel, the most glamorous of
circus queens, and her star-crossed husband, Alfredo Codona. Talk
with the people of the side show: the giant, the midget, the Siamese
Twins. And meet the 'Inimitable Kings of Laughter' - the clowns.
Living the circus life - on the road, behind the scenes, in and out
of the big top. The full colour and black & white illustrations show
it all over the years.
Condition: Very good condition with
very good dust wrapper. Clean book, ex-library.