By Eric D. Lehman
When P. T. Barnum met twenty-five-inch-tall Charles Stratton at a Bridgeport, Connecticut inn in 1843, some of the most vital partnerships in leisure background used to be born. With Barnum’s promotional abilities and the miniature Stratton’s comedic abilities, they charmed a Who’s Who of the nineteenth century, from Queen Victoria to Charles Dickens to Abraham Lincoln. cherished world wide as “General Tom Thumb,” Stratton performed to sold-out exhibits for nearly 40 years. From his days as a precocious baby superstar to his tragic early loss of life, Becoming Tom Thumb tells the total tale of this iconic determine for the 1st time. It information his triumphs at the big apple level, his epic superstar marriage ceremony, and his around-the-world journey, drawing on newly on hand fundamental resources and interviews. From the mansions of Paris to the deserts of Australia, Stratton’s distinct model of american comedy not just earned him the accolades of hundreds of thousands of fanatics, it helped movement little humans out of the part exhibit and into the lime light.