Blue Ribbons and Burlesques: A Book of Country Fairs

By: Fish, Charles

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With the same keen observation and lyrical prose, Charles Fish has turned to the country fairs of his youth. Country fairs still draw crowds, and readers will recognize many of the features so strikingly captured in this book. But times have changed. "Looming larger for the young than they do today," Fish writes, "the fairs as I knew them are emblematic of a passing way of life. They were rich with images and wonders at a time when entertainment was more restrained, the panorama of the wide world less brutally revealed. They presented forms of excellence growing out of our daily life--fine cattle, fast horses, fine machines--but they also offered provocative glimpses of forms of pleasure and the grotesque usually veiled in our little village." While never ceasing to entertain and inform, Blue Ribbons and Burlesque also raises questions about nature and nurture, theatrical illusion, the pursuit of excellence, and the power of novelty and the erotic.

Title: Blue Ribbons and Burlesques: A Book of Country Fairs

Author Name: Fish, Charles

Categories: Tom's Picks, Photo Books, Regional,

Edition: First Edition.

Publisher: Woodstock, Vt., Countryman Press: 1998

ISBN Number: 0881504122

ISBN Number 13: 9780881504125

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Type: Book

Seller ID: 001517

Description: 272 pp. on heavy coated stock. Slight soil on back cover, bottom edge; otherwise near new. No markings. A Western New England College professor of English presents his photo collection and interpretive commentary on the county fair phenomenon, based mainly on his visits to Vermont fairs. This goes beyond the usual nostalgia-based coffee-table book. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall

Keywords: FARM. FAIR. FESTIVALS. RURAL LIFE. VERMONT. YANKEE. CHARLES FISH.