BARNUM: An American Life
BARNUM: An American Life – Book Talk and Signing with the Author, Robert Wilson
Where: Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT
When: Sunday, September 22, 2019 – 2:00 PM
Barnum Museum Members free – Non-Members $5.00
Barnum’s legacy is still relevant in today’s era when the lines between politics and show biz grow hazier, and when the public is consumed by the beguiling nature of “scams” and con artists. While Barnum’s trickery is more light-hearted than some we’ve seen recently, BARNUM: An American Life captures the relevance of this vibrant character in today’s zeitgeist.
About the author:
Robert Wilson is the author of Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation and The Explorer King, a biography of Clarence King. He is the editor of The American Scholar, a former editor of Preservation, and the founding literary editor of Civilization (all three of which won National Magazine Awards during his tenure), a former book editor and columnist for USA Today, and a former editor at The Washington Post Book World. His essays, reviews, and fiction have appeared in numerous publications, including The American Scholar, American Short Fiction, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Smithsonian, The Washington Post Magazine, and The Wilson Quarterly and on the op-ed, opinion, and book review pages of The Boston Globe, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post. He lives in Manassas, Virginia.