Struggles and Triumphs, or Forty Years' of Recollections of P.T. Barnum, written by Himself

P. T. BARNUM (1810 - 1891)

The 1873 edition of the autobiography of the founding genius of the "Greatest Show on Earth," P.T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum. It details his life and business struggles up to the year 1872. Not only a showman and a museum operator, but an antislavery politician, Connecticut state legislator, Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and temperance lecturer, Barnum lays aside some of the gilding to provide his thoughts on his career, economics, how to make money, and other issues of the day. - Summary by DrPGould

Genre(s): Performing Arts, Social Science

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface DrPGould
00:05:24
Play 01 Chapter 1 Early Life Josip B.
00:26:15
Play 02 Chapter 2 Incidents and Anecdotes Josip B.
00:17:49
Play 03 Chapter 3 In Business for Myself Lazlo
00:23:24
Play 04 Chapter 4 Struggles for a Livelihood Nancy Gorgen
00:21:49
Play 05 Chapter 5 My Start as a Showman, Part 1 Phil Chenevert
00:16:04
Play 06 Chapter 5 My Start as a Showman, Part 2 Phil Chenevert
00:13:17
Play 07 Chapter 6 My First Travelling Company, Part 1 Ciufi Galeazzi
00:14:31
Play 08 Chapter 6 My First Travelling Company, Part 2 Ciufi Galeazzi
00:17:06
Play 09 Chapter 7 At the Foot of the Ladder garybclayton
00:20:36
Play 10 Chapter 8 The American Museum, Part 1 Ciufi Galeazzi
00:16:12
Play 11 Chapter 8 The American Museum, Part 2 Ciufi Galeazzi
00:14:15
Play 12 Chapter 9 The Road to Riches, Part 1 garybclayton
00:15:44
Play 13 Chapter 9 The Road to Riches, Part 2 garybclayton
00:22:32
Play 14 Chapter 10 Another Successful Speculation, Part 1 Stephen Marsh
00:09:24
Play 15 Chapter 10 Another Successful Speculation, Part 2 Nancy Gorgen
00:16:32
Play 16 Chapter 11 General Tom Thumb in England Ciufi Galeazzi
00:21:13
Play 17 Chapter 12 In France, Part 1 Nancy Gorgen
00:19:06
Play 18 Chapter 12 In France, Part 2 Nancy Gorgen
00:22:15
Play 19 Chapter 13 In Belgium, Part 1 Stephen Marsh
00:10:55
Play 20 Chapter 13 In Belgium, Part 2 Nancy Gorgen
00:12:59
Play 21 Chapter 14 In England Again, Part 1 Matthew M. Benzing
00:12:16
Play 22 Chapter 14 In England Again, Part 2 Matthew M. Benzing
00:15:43
Play 23 Chapter 15 Return to America, Part 1 Nancy Gorgen
00:13:06
Play 24 Chapter 15 Return to America, Part 2 Nancy Gorgen
00:15:05
Play 25 Chapter 16 At Home, Part 1 Nancy Gorgen
00:12:52
Play 26 Chapter 16 At Home, Part 2 Nancy Gorgen
00:14:16
Play 27 Chapter 17 The Jenny Lind Enterprise, Part 1 Nancy Gorgen
00:19:20
Play 28 Chapter 17 The Jenny Lind Enterprise, Part 2 Nancy Gorgen
00:10:02
Play 29 Chapter 18 The Nightingale in New York, Part 1 Nancy Gorgen
00:16:13
Play 30 Chapter 18 The Nightingale in New York, Part 2 Nancy Gorgen
00:14:13
Play 31 Chapter 19 Successful Management, Part 1 Nancy Gorgen
00:18:47
Play 32 Chapter 19 Successful Management, Part 2 Nancy Gorgen
00:18:25
Play 33 Chapter 20 Incidents of the Tour, Part 1 Nancy Gorgen
00:14:58
Play 34 Chapter 20 Incidents of the Tour, Part 2 Nancy Gorgen
00:13:53
Play 35 Chapter 21 Jenny Lind Nancy Gorgen
00:17:35
Play 36 Chapter 22 Close of the Campaign Nancy Gorgen
00:38:00
Play 37 Chapter 23 Other Enterprises, Part 1 Nancy Gorgen
00:13:28
Play 38 Chapter 23 Other Enterprises, Part 2 Nancy Gorgen
00:16:27
Play 39 Chapter 24 Work and Play, Part 1 garybclayton
00:10:20
Play 40 Chapter 24 Work and Play, Part 2 garybclayton
00:14:12
Play 41 Chapter 25 The Jerome Clock Company Entanglement garybclayton
00:18:54
Play 42 Chapter 26 Clouds and Sunshine, Part 1 garybclayton
00:12:11
Play 43 Chapter 26 Clouds and Sunshine, Part 2 garybclayton
00:14:10
Play 44 Chapter 27 Rest, but not Rust Nancy Gorgen
00:16:52
Play 45 Chapter 28 Abroad Again Nancy Gorgen
00:19:03
Play 46 Chapter 29 In Germany Nancy Gorgen
00:19:12
Play 47 Chapter 30 In Holland, Part 1 Foon
00:09:42
Play 48 Chapter 30 In Holland, Part 2 Foon
00:13:25
Play 49 Chapter 31 The Art of Money Getting, Part 1 Jared Hinde
00:16:38
Play 50 Chapter 31 The Art of Money Getting, Part 2 Jared Hinde
00:20:39
Play 51 Chapter 31 The Art of Money Getting, Part 3 Jared Hinde
00:22:14
Play 52 Chapter 31 The Art of Money Getting, Part 4 Jared Hinde
00:21:41
Play 53 Chapter 31 The Art of Money Getting, Part 5 Jared Hinde
00:15:11
Play 54 Chapter 32 An Enterprising Englishman StudioMike
00:17:23
Play 55 Chapter 33 Richard's Himself Again StudioMike
00:21:51
Play 56 Chapter 34 Menagerie and Museum Memoranda, Part 1 Matthew M. Benzing
00:18:46
Play 57 Chapter 34 Menagerie and Museum Memoranda, Part 2 Matthew M. Benzing
00:16:46
Play 58 Chapter 35 East Bridgeport Nancy Gorgen
00:22:17
Play 59 Chapter 36 More about the Museum Part 1 BettyB
00:18:57
Play 60 Chapter 36 More about the Museum Part 2 BettyB
00:20:48
Play 61 Chapter 37 Mr. and Mrs. General Tom Thumb, Part 1 Ciufi Galeazzi
00:12:24
Play 62 Chapter 37 Mr. and Mrs. General Tom Thumb, Part 2 Ciufi Galeazzi
00:15:13
Play 63 Chapter 37 Mr. and Mrs. General Tom Thumb, Part 3 Ciufi Galeazzi
00:22:37
Play 64 Chapter 38 Political and Personal, Part 1 Matthew M. Benzing
00:20:27
Play 65 Chapter 38 Political and Personal, Part 2 Matthew M. Benzing
00:16:03
Play 66 Chapter 38 Political and Personal, Part 3 Matthew M. Benzing
00:15:04
Play 67 Chapter 39 The American Museum in Ruins, Part 1 Lynda Marie Neilson
00:21:29
Play 68 Chapter 39 The American Museum in Ruins, Part 2 Lynda Marie Neilson
00:24:07
Play 69 Chapter 40 My War on the Railroads, Part 1 Lynda Marie Neilson
00:17:39
Play 70 Chapter 40 My War on the Railroads, Part 2 Lynda Marie Neilson
00:22:55
Play 71 Chapter 41 Bennett and the Herald Ciufi Galeazzi
00:18:51
Play 72 Chapter 42 Public Lecturing, Part 1 Ciufi Galeazzi
00:14:07
Play 73 Chapter 42 Public Lecturing, Part 2 Ciufi Galeazzi
00:15:48
Play 74 Chapter 43 The New Museum, Part 1 Ciufi Galeazzi
00:14:20
Play 75 Chapter 43 The New Museum, Part 2 Ciufi Galeazzi
00:15:00
Play 76 Chapter 44 Curious Coincidences--Number Thirteen garybclayton
00:15:54
Play 77 Chapter 45 A Story Chapter, Part 1 Lynda Marie Neilson
00:24:31
Play 78 Chapter 45 A Story Chapter, Part 2 Lynda Marie Neilson
00:21:55
Play 79 Chapter 45 A Story Chapter, Part 3 Lynda Marie Neilson
00:22:50
Play 80 Chapter 45 A Story Chapter, Part 4 Lynda Marie Neilson
00:23:59
Play 81 Chapter 46 Sea-Side Park Nancy Gorgen
00:23:36
Play 82 Chapter 47 Waldemere Nancy Gorgen
00:25:36
Play 83 Appendix 1, Part 1 Lynda Marie Neilson
00:26:21
Play 84 Appendix 1, Part 2 Lynda Marie Neilson
00:24:20
Play 85 Appendix 1, Part 3 Lynda Marie Neilson
00:34:34
Play 86 Appendix 1, Part 4 Lynda Marie Neilson
00:24:27
Play 87 Appendix 1, Part 5 Lynda Marie Neilson
00:22:04
Play 88 Appendix 2, Part 1 Lynda Marie Neilson
00:20:35
Play 89 Appendix 2, Part 2 Lynda Marie Neilson
00:27:08