The Barnum Museum

The Barnum Museum

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Author / Contributor(s): Steven Millhauser, Steven Milhauser
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Date: 2014
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Trade paperback (US). 240p.
5.54 in. x 8.47 in.

Condition: NEW

The Barnum Museum is a combination waxworks, masked ball, and circus sideshow masquerading as a collection of short stories. Within its pages, note such sights as: a study of the motives and strategies used by the participants in the game of Clue, including the seduction of Miss Scarlet by Colonel Mustard; the Barnum Museum, a fantastic, monstrous landmark so compelling that an entire town finds its citizens gradually and inexorably disappearing into it; a bored dilettante who constructs an imaginary woman - and loses her to an imaginary man! - and a legendary magician so skilled at sleight-of-hand that he is pursued by police for the crime of erasing the line between the real and the conjured.