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Barnum Museum, the (1990) [Collection]
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The Barnum Museum is a combination waxworks, masked ball, and circus sideshow masquerading as a collection of short stories. Within its pages, note such sights as: a study of the motives and strategies used by the participants in the game of Clue, including the seduction of Miss Scarlet by Colonel Mustard; the Barnum Museum, a fantastic, monstrous landmark so compelling that an entire town finds its citizens gradually and inexorably disappearing into it; a bored 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 and orchestrated, each exhibit in The Barnum Museum will compel you to continue, each story becoming a lure to the next.


  • A Game of Clue
  • Behind the Blue Curtain
  • The Barnum Museum
  • The Sepia Postcard
  • The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad
  • Klassik Komix #1
  • Rain
  • Alice, Falling
  • The Invention of Robert Herendeen
  • Eisenheim the Illusionist [“The Illusionist”]

Original title: The Barnum Museum
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionFantasy

The following works are contained within this one:
     Illusionist, the (1989) [Short Story]
      Author: Steven Millhauser

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The Barnum Museum (1990)
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Language: English

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The Barnum Museum (2007)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN: 1564781798
Pages: 237

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The Barnum Museum (1990)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Poseidon Press
ISBN: 0671686402
Pages: 237

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