The Secret History of Carnival Talk

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About the author:
Sarah Kate Istra Winter has been a writer and artist for as long as she can remember. She holds a degree in comparative mythology and ritual, and still spends many hours in the stacks of her local university library, happily researching her latest obsessions. Originally from New England, she now lives in Eugene, Oregon, a city of lush vegetation, eccentric inhabitants, and lots and lots of rain.

If she could be transported 75 years in the past, she would join the carnival in a second, probably as a fortune-teller.

The Secret History of Carnival Talk

Authored by Sarah Kate Istra Winter

Part memoir, part cultural history, part linguistic exploration, The Secret History of Carnival Talk traces the evolution of this curious manner of speech from its origins on the midway to its use by wrestlers, rappers and children at play. The text is accompanied by 30 fascinating photographs of a Depression-era travelling carnival, taken by the author's grandfather.

Publication Date:
1497386500 / 9781497386501
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 8.5"
Full Color
Related Categories:
History / Social History

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