Circus Fire

ISBN-10: 0385496850

ISBN-13: 9780385496858

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The acclaimed author of A Prayer for the Dying brings all his narrative gifts to bear on this gripping account of tragedy and heroism-the great Hartford circus fire of 1944. Halfway through a midsummer afternoon performance, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus's big top caught fire. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in seconds it was burning out of control, and more than 8,000 people were trapped inside. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, O'Nan skillfully re-creates the horrific events and illuminates the psychological oddities of human behavior under stress: the mad scramble for the exits; the hero who tossed dozens of children to safety before being trampled to death. Brilliantly constructed and exceptionally moving, The Circus Fire is history at its most compelling.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/12/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Stewart O'Nan was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 4, 1961. He received a B. S. from Boston University in 1983 and received a M. F. A. in fiction from Cornell University in 1992. Before becoming a writer, he worked as a test engineer for Grumman Aerospace from 1984 to 1988. He has written several novels including The Speed Queen, A Prayer for the Dying, Last Night at the Lobster, The Circus Fire, and Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season. In the Walled City won the 1993 Due Heinz Literature Prize; Snow Angels won the 1993 Pirates Alley William Faulkner Prize; and The Names of the Dead won the 1996 Oklahoma Book Award. Snow Angels was made into a feature film in 2007. In 1996, he was listed as one of Granta's best young American novelists.

Foreword
Cleveland, 1942
July 4, 1944
Principals
July 5, 1944
July 6, 1944
Circus Day
Showtime
The Point of Origin
Our Boys in Uniform
Blue Sky
Animal Acts
The Bravest Girl I've Ever Seen
This Ain't No Time to Faint, Lady
Don't Look Back
The Stars and Stripes Forever
Ten More Bars!
Death by Fire
Alive, Alive, Alive
Have You Seen Him?
Bringing Out the Dead
Triage
Unexpected Guests
Extra, Extra
We Can't Reach You, Hartford
A G.I. Party
The Names of the Dead
Bad Face
Evidence
In the Evening, Sun Is Going Down
Go to Sleep
Bad News
Were You in Cleveland?
All Through the Night
And on Till Morning
July 7, 1944
July 8, 1944
July 9, 1944
July 10, 1944
July 11-July 15, 1944
July 15-July 31, 1944
August-December, 1944
1945
1946-1950
1950
1950-1990
1990-1991
1991-1999
Acknowledgments
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