American gothic: the story of America's legendary theatrical family, Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth

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Simon & Schuster, Sep 1, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 286 pages
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In the lives of the greatest family of actors in the 19th-century lies a Shakespearean drama of murder, madness, and tragedy. Smith recounts the story of an actor father whose two sons cast themselves as regicides, one on the stage as Hamlet, the other as Lincoln's infamous assassin in this captivating mixture of history and biography. Photographs.

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Review: American Gothic: The Story of America's Legendary Theatrical Family--Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth

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I chose to read this book because of my uncertain family lineage: my original surname is Booth with known ancestors from Maryland, and I share an identical proclivity of respect for all living ... Read full review

Review: American Gothic: The Story of America's Legendary Theatrical Family--Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth

User Review  - Bobby Biggerstaff - Goodreads

This book sent me spiraling into a depression that lasted a few weeks. It was great. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
17
Section 3
59
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About the author (1992)

GENE SMITH is the bestselling author of When the Cheering Stopped: The Last Years of Woodrow Wilson. His other books include The Shattered Dream: Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression and, most recently, the acclaimed American Gothic: The Story of America's Legendary Theatrical Family--Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth. He writes the "American Characters" column in American Heritage.

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