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The James Adams Floating Theatre

The James Adams Floating Theatre

C. Richard Gillespie

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The boat on which Edna Ferber based her famous novel brought excitement and entertainment to isolated small towns up and down the East Coast in early twentieth-century America. The builder of the boat, James E. Adams, was a farmer from Michigan who taught himself to be a circus aerialist, started and prospered with his own carnival company, and, when retirement proved boring, decided to build a showboat. The book traces the history of the James Adams from its inception until its demise twenty-seven years later, a tale that includes fires, sinkings, a shooting, arrests, and several deaths.

Size: 7″ x 10″ | 56 b/w photos, 5 maps | Index | 304 pp
ISBN13: 9780870334160 | Binding: hard cover

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