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Dictionary of First Names (Perigee) Alfred J. Kolatch 0399516336 9780399516337 Mabel Stark was the greatest female tiger trainer in history. In the 1910s and 20s, during the golden age of the big top, she was the superstar of the Ringling Brothers Ba
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Mabel Stark was the greatest female tiger trainer in history. In the 1910s and 20s, during the golden age of the big top, she was the superstar of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, and one of Americas most eccentric celebrities. A tiny, curvaceous Kentucky blonde in a white leather bodysuit, Mabel was brazen, sexually adventurous, and suicidally courageous. The Final Confession of Mabel Stark is Robert Houghs brilliant, highly acclaimed novelization of her fantastic life. It is 1968-Mabel is just turning eighty and is about to lose her job at Jungleland, a Southern California game park. Devastated by the loss of her cats, she looks back on her life and her five husbands: the fifth, a man with a curious taste for womens clothes, would one day be tragically mauled by her one true love, her ferocious yet amorous 550-pound Bengal tiger Rajah. Starting with her escape from a mental institution to begin her circus career as a burlesque dancer, Mabels exquisitely voiced confession is a live wire of dark secrets, broken dreams, and comic escapades. It is a brilliant, exhilarating story of an America before television and movies, when the spectacle of the circus reigned and an unlikely woman captured the public imagination with her singular charm and audacity.

Author: Alfred J. Kolatch

Language: English

Edition: 2nd

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 544

Publisher: Perigee Trade

Publication Date: 1990-10-03


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