The Circus: Lure and Legend
by Mildred Sandison Fenner and Wolcott Fenner
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ISBN Number: 0131345516
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1970 - first edition
Prentice-Hall, Inc

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 modern era.

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.

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