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Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You've Never Heard of
This brilliant, richly illustrated biography of a 19th century performer introduces readers to the most famous American they've never heard of, while exploring the history of entertainment and the cult of celebrity. Illustrations throughout.
Hardcover, 506 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by PublicAffairs
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Never heard of this man until I read this book. Dan Rice was an early vaudevillian, politician, writer and celebrity of the mid-late 19th century, whose life was filled with humor and variety. Mr. Carlyon offers a richly detailed, fascinating glimpse at celebrity well over 100 years ago.