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The Resource American Gothic: The Story of America's Legendary Theatrical Family--Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth

American Gothic: The Story of America's Legendary Theatrical Family--Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth

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American Gothic: The Story of America's Legendary Theatrical Family--Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth
Title
American Gothic: The Story of America's Legendary Theatrical Family--Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth
Statement of responsibility
Gene Smith
Title variation
American gothic
Title variation remainder
the story of Americas legendary theatrical family--Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The dramatic biography of one of the most notorious families in American history. Junius Booth and his sons, Edwin and John Wilkes, were nineteenth-century America's most famous theatrical family. Yet the Booth name is forever etched in the history books for one terrible reason: the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865. In American Gothic, bestselling historian Gene Smith vividly chronicles the triumphs, scandals, and tragedies of this infamous family. The preeminent English tragedian of his day, Junius Booth was a madman and an alcoholic who abandoned his wife and young son to move to America and start a new family. His son Edwin became the most renowned Shakespearean actor in America, famously playing Hamlet for one hundred consecutive nights, but he suffered from depression and a crippling fear of inheriting his father's insanity. Blessed with extraordinary good looks and a gregarious nature, John Wilkes Booth seemed destined for spectacular fame and fortune. However, his sympathy for the Confederate cause unleashed a dangerous instability that brought permanent disgrace to his family and forever changed the course of American history. Richly detailed and emotionally insightful, American Gothic brings to life the true story behind a family tragedy of Shakespearean proportions
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Summary
Recounts the rise of Junius Brutus Booth, Edwin's performances, and John's crime
Biography type
collective biography
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188377
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Midwest
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Smith, Gene
Dewey number
  • 792.028092273
  • 920
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Booth family
  • Booth, John Wilkes
  • Booth, Edwin
  • Booth, Junius Brutus
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Actors
Target audience
adult
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the story of America's legendary theatrical family--Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth
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American Gothic: The Story of America's Legendary Theatrical Family--Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth
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online resource
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cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT11689034
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781504039765
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
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c
Publisher number
MWT11689034
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remote
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11689034
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
American Gothic: The Story of America's Legendary Theatrical Family--Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth
Link
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT11689034
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781504039765
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Publisher number
MWT11689034
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11689034
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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