In the nineteenth
century the Circus was everywhere, from rings in little tents in
country meadows to rings in finely decorated theatres in great
provincial towns. The men and women who performed in them were
equestrians, acrobats, jugglers, clowns, masters of every
speciality of skill and dating. Their names were recorded on
flamboyant posters. But today they are completely forgotten.
Until now. John Turner has combed
the records, and brought the performers back to life in a work of
fantastic research. Students of popular entertainment everywhere
will find this work beyond compare, in revealing a world that
seemed lost beyond recall.
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Victorian Arena Volume Two