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Weird and Wonderful: The Dime Museum in America

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ISBN-10: 0814718868
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Every once in a while I relish the privilege of reading something interesting, well written, and truly informative, like NYU's Stern School of Business. . . . [It represents] a remarkable amount of research and is organized in a most readable style. The interspersion of personal wit and humor adds an informality to what could be a very dry subject." -William F. May, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc and Former Dean, NYU Graduate School of Business

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About the Author

A teacher, actor, and director, Andrea Stulman Dennett received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University. She has written on many aspects of popular entertainment from television talk shows to disaster spectacles at the turn of the century.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814718868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814718865
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 27, 2002
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Here's a delightful and informative reference written in a breezy style and enhanced by a keen insight into popular culture and entertainment.
A terrific historical overview of a forgotten genre of education and entertainment, the book has amazing parallels to today's museum extravaganzas - and the author has captured a period and its personalities with aplomb.
A must read for lovers of pop culture, oddities, museums and turn of the century personalities.
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general phenomena of exhibiting human anomalies, from this exhibitionary complexes to today's talk shows. this book offers a great overview of how these institutions emerge during the last decades of the 19th century and the impact that they had in exhibition spaces of the 20th century. it is highly recomended for those people interested in cultures of exhibition and collection ususally defined as not legitimate or not institutionalized.
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This is a highly detailed history of an unusual topic: American dime museums. Dennett does a good job of examining an institution which combined a thirst for `useful knowledge' with amusements and entertainment. Her discussions of the economics of running a dime museum are especially interesting.
I would, however, have liked more cultural analysis and less fact-listing; more conclusion and less premsies.
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This book was a great read and provided the information I was hoping to learn about nineteenth century dime museums. All the information on the subject seems to be scattered about and often lacking. This book ties it together in a succinct yet informative text.
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