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

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Simon & Schuster, 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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Told with all the color, pathos, and drama of a Shakespearean tragedy, this is the tale of the Booth family, which counted among its members some of the finest American actors of the 19th century as ... Read full review


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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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