Life of P. T. Barnum

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Sampson Low, 1855 - 246 pages
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This is definitely a piece of historical Americana written with such bloated, self-adulating pomp concealed behind false modesty (a common affliction of the time, and reminiscent of Rousseau's own ... Read full review

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First, I should say that this book lost a full star because of the given introduction. First, Whalen's intro is one of those that should be read only after the full text has been explored--otherwise ... Read full review

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Page 311 - Jenny looked at me with astonishment She could not comprehend my proposition. After I had repeated it, and she fully understood its import, she cordially grasped me by the hand, and exclaimed, " Mr. Barnum, you are a gentleman of honor : you are generous ; it is just as Mr. Bates told me; I will sing for you as long as you please ; I will sing for you in America — in Europe — anywhere!
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Page 13 - But, though Barnum's avocations and diversions may have been politics and philanthropy and reform, his real life was in his business. From his infancy his thoughts were devoted to making money, to getting a good bargain, even on a small scale. As a child he was given pennies by his grandfather, "to buy raisins and candies, which he always instructed me to solicit from the store-keeper at the 'lowest cash price.

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