The Barnum Museum

The Barnum Museum

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The Barnum Museum is a combination waxworks, masked ball, and circus sideshow masquerading as a collection of stories. Within its pages, note such exhibits as: a study of the strategies used by the participants in the game of Clue; a 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. Ingeniously written, each exhibit in The Barnum Museum--including the story upon which the movie The Illusionist was based--will compel you to continue reading, luring you to the next. Originally published by Poseidon Press in 1990, Dalkey Archive Press in 2007, now available again.aquot;A stunning paean to the power of imagination. . . . Certainly the work of one of our best writers at the top of his form. . . . So convincing that the most skeptical reader will be swept away.aquot;a€”San Francisco Chronicle

Title:The Barnum Museum
Author:Steven Millhauser
Publisher:Commonwealth Secretariat - 1990


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