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Tom Thumb

The Remarkable True Story of a Man in Miniature

By George Sullivan
Narrated by Barry Press / 3 hours 15 minutes

When Charles S. Stratton was born in 1838, he seemed perfect in every way. But then he stopped growing. At age four, though a happy and mischievous child, he was just over two feet tall and weighed fifteen pounds-the exact size he had been as a seven-month-old baby. It was then that P. T. Barnum persuaded Charley's family to allow him to exhibit their son in his museum and tour him around the world as a curiosity. Tom Thumb, as Barnum dubbed him, was a natural performer. He became enormously popular and wealthy, more so than any other performer before him, in large part due to the marketing genius of Barnum. In this spirited biography-the first on its subject-George Sullivan recounts the fascinating adventures of the real Tom Thumb, and also raises challenging questions about what constitutes exploitation-both in the nineteenth century and today.

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Author
Narrator Barry Press
ISBN 9781620641378
Length 3 hours 15 minutes
Language English
Publisher Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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