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100 1  Simon, Linda 
245 14 The Greatest Shows on Earth :|bA History of the Circus 
264  1 London :|bReaktion Books, Limited,|c2014 
264  4 |c©2014 
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505 0  Cover -- The Greatest Shows on Earth: A History of the 
       Circus -- Imprint Page -- Contents -- Introduction -- One:
       Trick Riders -- Two: Cirques Intimes -- Three: The Biggest
       Tents -- Four: Cavalcades -- Five: Without a Net -- Six: 
       Beasts -- Seven: Clowns -- Eight: Feats -- Nine: Prodigies
       -- Ten: Transformations -- References -- Select 
       Bibliography -- Acknowledgements -- Photo Acknowledgements
       -- Index 
520    "Step right up!" and buy a ticket to the Greatest Show on 
       Earth-the Big Top, containing death-defying stunts, 
       dancing bears, roaring tigers, and trumpeting elephants. 
       The circus has always been home to the dazzling and the 
       exotic, the improbable and the impossible-a place of myth 
       and romance, of reinvention, rebirth, second acts, and new
       identities. Asking why we long to soar on flying trapezes,
       ride bareback on spangled horses, and parade through the 
       streets in costumes of glitter and gold, this captivating 
       book illuminates the history of the circus and the claim 
       it has on the imaginations of artists, writers, and people
       around the world.             Traveling back to the 
       circus's early days, Linda Simon takes us to eighteenth-
       century hippodromes in Great Britain and intimate one-ring
       circuses in nineteenth-century Paris, where Toulouse-
       Lautrec and Picasso became enchanted with aerialists and 
       clowns. She introduces us to P. T. Barnum, James Bailey, 
       and the enterprising Ringling Brothers and reveals how 
       they created the golden age of American circuses. Moving 
       forward to the whimsical Circus Oz in Australia and to New
       York City's Big Apple Circus and the grand spectacle of 
       Cirque du Soleil, she shows how the circus has transformed
       in recent years. At the center of the story are the people
       -trick riders and tightrope walkers, sword swallowers and 
       animal trainers, contortionists and clowns-that created 
       the sensational, raucous, and sometimes titillating world 
       of the circus.             Beautifully illustrated and 
       filled with rich historical detail and colorful anecdotes,
       The Greatest Shows on Earth is a vibrant history for all 
       those who have ever dreamed of running away to the circus 
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