A HISTORY OF THE CIRCUS IN AMERICA by George L. Chindahl

A HISTORY OF THE CIRCUS IN AMERICA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A thorough and informative view of the circus in this country, this book traces the development of the itinerant performance from its inception. Embracing the United States, Canada and Mexico, the author (a lifelong buff) discusses the ""menagerie"", the ""side show"", the ""wild-west show"", and the various acrobatic acts which are part of the circus' domain. Covering carefully the growth of this phenomenon in America, the history extends from that first menagerie to come here to the elaborate circuses of the Ringling brothers or the televised circus which has as its audience millions of Americans. A full bibliography of books and articles render this a genuine service to students of Americana, and to those who maintain an affection for this old and colorful medium of entertainment, a source of definition and entertaining fact.

Pub Date: Jan. 21st, 1959
Publisher: Caxton