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This list is gathered for and by those who want to dig into the history of sideshows. Much of it is possible through the courtesy of James Taylor, Slim Price, Amy Johnquest and many others who have shared and will share information that will help to make this list more complete.  If you have book information you would like to add please contact me HERE

 

A Pictorial History of The American Carnival, Vol 1-111, Joe McKennon, Carnival Publishers of Sarasota, 1972

 

All About Carnivals, Gene Sorrows, American Federation of Police, 1985

 

America In Wax, Gene Gurney,  Crown Publishere Inc. 1977

 

P.T. Barnum: America,s Greatest Showman, Phillip Kunhardt, Jr., Phillip B. Kunhardt 111, and Peter W. Kunhardt, Alfred A. Knopf, 1995

 

Buckland,s Curiosities of Natural History, Francis Buckland. The Batchworth Press, 1948

 

Carnival Gaffs, Walter Gibson, Gambler,s Book Club, 1976

 

Carnival, Arthur H. Lewis, Trident Press, 1970

 

Circus Lingo, Joe McKennon, Carnival Publishers of Sarasota, 1980

 

The County Fair Carnival - Where the Midway Meets the Grange, Chemung County Historical Society, 1992

 

Curiosities Of Human Nature, S.G. Goodrich, Bradbury & Soden, 1843

 

Eve and The Apes. Emily Hahn, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1988

 

Freak Show: Sideshow Banner Art, Carl Hammer and Gordon Bosker Chronical Books 1996

 

Freak Show Man - The Autobiography of Harry Lewiston, as told to Jerry Holtman, Holloway House Publishing Co. 1968

 

Freaks! Vol 1 - 5, Chris Fellner

 

Freaks - We Who Are Not As Others, Daniel P. Mannix, Pocket Books,

1976

 

Freaks,Geeks, and Strange Girls - Sideshow Banners Of The Great American Midway, R. Johnson, J. Secreto, & T. Varndell eds., Hardy Marks Publications, 1995

 

Weird & Wonderful: The Dime Museum in America. New York University Press, 1997.

 

Special Cases: Natural Anomalies and Historical Monsters. Rosamund W. Purcell. Chronicle Books, San Francisco. 1997.

 

Freaks: Myths & Images of the Secret Self. Leslie Fiedler. New York: Anchor Books, 1978. Collectors & Curiosities: Paris and Venice, 1500 - 1800. Krzysztof Pomian. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1990.

 

Finders Keepers: Treasures and Oddities of Natrual History, Collectors from Peter the Great to Louis Agassiz. Jay Gould New York: W. W. Norton, 1992.

 

Signs & Portents: Monstrous Births from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. Dudley Wilson. London: Routledge, 1993.

 

On Monsters & Marvels. Ambroise Pare translated by Janis L.

Pallister. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1982.

 

Anomalies & Curiosities of Medicine. George M. Gould and Walter L. > Pyle. New York: Bell Publishing, 1973.

 

"The Petrified Man," in A Curtain of Green and Other Stories. Eudora Welty. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1979.

 

"Those Extraordinary Twins," in Pudd'nhead Wilson and Other Tales. Mark Twain. Many editions. Oxford University Press.

 

On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir,

 the Collection. Susan Stewart. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1993.

 

Freak Shows. Robert Bogdan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988.

 

Grind Show - Weirdness As Entertainment, Fred Olen Ray, American - Independent Press, 1993

 

Historical Fairground Scenes, Michael E. Ware MoorlandPublishing Co, Inc., 1989

 

The History Of Noell's Ark Gorilla Show, Mae Noell, Noell,s Ark Publisher, 1979

 

Human Oddities Of The Circus And Sideshow Of Yesterday And Today -Complete List And Descriptive Text, Bernard L. Kobel , 1974

 

Humbug - The Art Of P.T. Barnum, Neil Harris, Little, Brown and Company, 1973

 

Indian Circus, Mary Ellen Mark,  Chronicle Books, 1993

 

Inside Teradome: An Illustrated History Of Freak Film, Jack Hunter , > Creation Books, 1995

 

The Life Of Buffalo Bill, William F. Cody > Senate Western Classics, 1994

 

The Little People - An Illustrated Look At Some Of The World's Most Engaging Men and Women, Hy Roth and Robert Cromie,  Everest House, 1980

 

The Loves And Lives Of The Hilton Sisters, Daisy and Violet Hilton, Wonder Book Co. - No Date

 

The Making Of The Wizard Of Oz, Aljean Harmetz, Pavillion Books Limited, 1989

 

Modern Primitives, V.Vale and Andrea Juno eds. RE/ Search Publications, 1989

 

Monster Midway - An Uninhibited Look At The Glittering World Of The Carny, William Lindsay Gresham, Rhinehart & Company, Inc., 1953

 

The Monster Show,: A Cultural History Of Horror, David J. Skol, W. W. Norton and Company, 1993

 

My Very Unusual Friends, Ward Hall, 1991

 

Nightmare Alley, William Lindsay Gresham, > Carrol & Graf Publishers, Inc. 1974

 

Pandemonium, - "Special Freaks, Magicians, and Movie Stars issue, > Living Color Productions, 1989

 

Step Right Up!, Dan Mannix,  Harper & Brothers, 1951

 

Sir Benjamin Stone's pictures: Records Of National Life And History,

 Vol 1, Festivals, Ceremonies And Customs, Sir Benjamin Stone, Cassel

 and Co. Lmtd ,No date.

 

Struggles And Triumphs, P.T. Barnum > Penguin Classics, 1981

 

Very Special People - The Struggles, Loves And Triumphs Of Human Oddities, Frederic Drimmer Amjon Publishing, 1973

 

James Taylor,s Shocked And Amazed! On and Off The Midway, Volume 1 - 7 James Taylor, Dolphin - Moon Press and Atomic

Books Of Baltimore, Maryland

 

James Taylor,s  On and Off The Midway, James Taylor, Dolphin - Moon Press and Atomic Books Of Baltimore, Maryland

 

Memoirs Of A Sword Swallower, First Photo - Illustrated Edition, Daniel P. Mannix, V/Search Publications, 1950 - 1951

 

The Two, The Story Of The Original Siamese Twins, A Biography, Irving Wallace and Amy Wallace, Simon and Shuster, 1978

 

Freakery: Cultural specticals of the extraordinary body. Edited by Rosemarie Garland Thomson. New York University Press 1996.

 

The Biggest, The Smallest, The Longest, the Shortest, A chronical of the American Circus fron its heartland. Dean Jenson, Wisconsin House Book Publishers, 1975

 

Step Right Up! The Adventure Of Circus In America, LaVahn G. Hoh & William H. Rough, Betterway Publications, Inc.1990 "- Note: Not a mistake!


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