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The Barnum Museum: Stories
STEVEN MILLHAUSER

The Barnum Museum: Stories by Steven Millhauser
10 reviews (1990) (237p)
PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

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Book Description
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.


Other Award Winning Books by Steven Millhauser
We Others: New and Selected Stories by Steven Millhauser
5 reviews (2011) (400p) (PF)
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Dangerous Laughter by Steven Millhauser
21 reviews (2008) (256p) (NYTimes) (ALA)
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Martin Dressler by Steven Millhauser
132 reviews (1996) (304p) (PP) (NBA)
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Steven Millhauser Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 5  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 4  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 1 Martin Dressler ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 Martin Dressler ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 0  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 1 Martin Dressler ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 2 The Barnum Museum: Stories · We Others: New and Selected Stories ·  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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