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Download American Gothic: The Story of America's Legendary Theatrical Family-Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth ePub
  • ISBN 0671767135
  • ISBN13 978-0671767136
  • Language English
  • Author Gene Smith
  • Publisher Simon & Schuster; 1st Edition edition (September 1, 1992)
  • Pages 286
  • Formats lrf mbr rtf txt
  • Category Biography
  • Subcategory Arts and Literature
  • Size ePub 1653 kb
  • Size Fb2 1893 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 849

A biography of the theatrical family of which Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth was a member traces the rise of Junius Brutus Booth in the theater, Edwin's record-breaking performance of Hamlet, and brother John's most heinous crime. 15,000 first printing. Reader's Digest Cond Bks. Excerpts, American Heritage.

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Gene Smith’s American Gothic is supposedly a biography of the Booth family. Edwin and Junius Jr spent some time acting out in California during the Gold Rush. John was considered by some to be a better actor than Edwin. I'd always heard he was second-rate

Gene Smith’s American Gothic is supposedly a biography of the Booth family. In some ways, it is this. Chronicling the founding of the family and the demise of its last major member. Most of the book, however, is taken up with the infamous John Wilkes Booth and the events surrounding the assassination of Lincoln. I'd always heard he was second-rate. The lives of the family members were severely damaged after the ing I'd never thought about.

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A biography of the theatrical family of which Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth was a. .If you're a fan of Edwin Booth, you'll love this book.

A biography of the theatrical family of which Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth was a member traces the rise of Junius Brutus Booth in the theater. But even if you know not a jot but who killed Abraham Lincoln, you'll love this deeply in-depth study of an important American family. The attention to detail and accuracy are amazing. Yes, there were other Booths besides John Wilkes, and other reasons for memorializing this family besides Presidential death.

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.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. 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.

Junius Booth and his sons, Edwin and John Wilkes, were nineteenth-century America’s most famous theatrical family. In American Gothic, bestselling historian Gene Smith vividly chronicles the triumphs, scandals, and tragedies of this infamous family

Junius Booth and his sons, Edwin and John Wilkes, were nineteenth-century America’s most famous theatrical family. In American Gothic, bestselling historian Gene Smith vividly chronicles the triumphs, scandals, and tragedies of this infamous family

American Gothic The Story of Americas Legendary Theatrical Family Junius Edwin and John Wilkes Booth.

American Gothic The Story of Americas Legendary Theatrical Family Junius Edwin and John Wilkes Booth.

The Booth family's important place in theater history has often been overshadowed or obscured by the notoriety of John . As a personality, father Junius Brutus Booth (1796-1852) seems the most interesting figure here.

The Booth family's important place in theater history has often been overshadowed or obscured by the notoriety of John Wilkes. This anecdotal group-biography, by the author of When the Cheering Stopped and other popular history/biography, doesn't help matters much-since nearly half the book is devoted to the largely familiar assassination saga. As a personality, father Junius Brutus Booth (1796-1852) seems the most interesting figure here

John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838 – April 26, 1865) was an American actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, .

John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838 – April 26, 1865) was an American actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, . A member of the prominent, 19th-century Booth theatrical family from Maryland, and a famous actor in his own right, Booth was also a Confederate sympathizer who, denouncing President Lincoln, lamented the recent abolition of slavery in the United States.

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Puchock
This is a well researched, well-written, and compelling read. I found the lives of the Booth's fascinating and was intrigued with how they intertwined with all the major political and cultural figures of the day, including President Abraham Lincoln - who loved the theater (along with his wife). This is the first account I've read, which uses J.W.B's own words about his assassination of Lincoln, recorded as he was hiding from search parties, only a few dozen miles from Washington. The book does a very nice job of wrapping up what happened to all the major figures involved in the assassination and the Booth family. A very good read indeed!
Buzalas
Very interesting, detailed, account of the Booth family of actors, much about 19th century theatre people. The part about father Junius performing Shakespeare in the gold fields of California is fascinating. Although John's crime all but destroyed his family, Edwin's Players' Club lives on today. I learned a lot!
Vosho
Fascinating bio of one of the great American theater families, and the tragic ending for one of them.
Arlelond
Excellent book, well written about the family. It puts into perspective just how big stars these men were in their day. It also puts into perspective what it meant that John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln:it would be like Brad Pitt or George Clooney being an assassin. that's how big he was. Really enjoyed the read.
Jockahougu
As the two reviews below demonstrate, many people might read this book just to find out more about Lincoln's assassin. From the post-Civil War era to this day, "assassin" is the only translation of the name "Booth" that most people understand.

But Gene Smith gives us the rest of the story of a theatrical "dynasty", and the depth of his research is amazing, at least in my opinion. Yes, there were other Booths besides John Wilkes, and other reasons for memorializing this family besides Presidential death. No one today remembers the father, Junius Brutus Booth, a wonderfully boisterous, crazy old drunk and ground-breaking actor who was adulated like a rock star in his time. Edwin and John, two out of the nine or ten (legitimate and illegitimate) progeny of JBB, surpassed their father, and Edwin has been called the greatest American tragedian who ever lived.

Like any biographer, Mr. Smith puts flesh on these characters, with a particular eye toward trying to rehabilitate John. It is a lyrical, touching, sympathetic story full of little-known details: John's body finally being released to his mother from its secret basement hole for reburial in the family plot; Edwin burning his brother's theatrical trunk and every costume and prop in it, under the rueful eyes of a long-time servant; the spontaneous, disastrous collapse of the original Ford's Theater building, seemingly at the moment of the death of Edwin; a certain hummock in the median strip of a Virginia freeway, the site of the house on whose porch the "unfortunate" Johnny sucked his life away.

But Mr. Smith doesn't really answer the question of why Johnny did it. His (purported) fiancee, Lucy Hale, was a Yankee. John's animus seemed to be directed at Lincoln himself rather than the U.S. Republic. Maybe it was partly theatrics and partly the family tendency toward insanity.
Dugor
Fascinating insight that gives historical perspective to one of our country's defining moments. The story of the family and its theatrical contribution helps us sense the passion of the players in this real drama.
Gholbirius
I really enjoyed the book but some of the facts were different from other books I have read. That is always the problem with reading history.
I enjoyed this book. It provided insight into the Booth family and why John Wilkes Booth did what he did. The book was written clearly.