The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb

Melanie Benjamin / Jan 24, 2020
The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb A barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age and of a woman s public triumphs and personal tragedies The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with
  • Title: The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb
  • Author: Melanie Benjamin
  • ISBN: 9780385344159
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age, and of a woman s public triumphs and personal tragedies, The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with a heart as big as her dreams and whose story will surely win over yours.In her national bestseller Alice I Have Been, Melanie Benjamin imagined the life of the woman who iA barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age, and of a woman s public triumphs and personal tragedies, The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with a heart as big as her dreams and whose story will surely win over yours.In her national bestseller Alice I Have Been, Melanie Benjamin imagined the life of the woman who inspired Alice in Wonderland Now, in this jubilant new novel, Benjamin shines a dazzling spotlight on another fascinating female figure whose story has never fully been told a woman who became a nineteenth century icon and inspiration and whose most daunting limitation became her greatest strength Never would I allow my size to define me Instead, I would define it She was only two foot eight inches tall, but her legend reaches out to us than a century later As a child, Mercy Lavinia Vinnie Bump was encouraged to live a life hidden away from the public Instead, she reached out to the immortal impresario P T Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and transformed into the world s most unexpected celebrity Here, in Vinnie s singular and spirited voice, is her amazing adventure from a showboat freak revue where she endured jeering mobs to her fateful meeting with the two men who would change her life P T Barnum and Charles Stratton, AKA Tom Thumb Their wedding would captivate the nation, preempt coverage of the Civil War, and usher them into the White House and the company of presidents and queens But Vinnie s fame would also endanger the person she prized most her similarly sized sister, Minnie, a gentle soul unable to escape the glare of Vinnie s spotlight A barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age, and of a woman s public triumphs and personal tragedies, The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with a heart as big as her dreams and whose story will surely win over yours.
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      • Melanie Benjamin

        Melanie Benjamin is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE and THE AVIATOR S WIFE, as well as the national bestseller ALICE I HAVE BEEN, and THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MRS TOM THUMB THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE, about the creative, feminist friendship between Mary Pickford and Frances Marion, icons of early Hollywood, will be out in January 2018 She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and is currently at work on her next historical novel.

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    1. Onvan The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb Nevisande Melanie Benjamin ISBN 385344155 ISBN13 9780385344159 Dar 424 Safhe Saal e Chap 2011


    2. The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb is a historical fiction based on the real life of Lavinia Bump Warren, an extraordinarily small person.Lavinia participated in P.T Barnum s museum, traveling acts and circus, becoming one of the most popular acts of her era Her wedding to Charles Stratton, another little person, was such a huge story that it bumped the Civil War from the front pages for a time.Melanie Benjamin speculates at the end of the book that Lavinia had a pituitary gland problem and toda [...]


    3. If you don t see the A Novel part of the title, don t confuse this novel for an autobiography or a biography Ms Benjamin aka Melanie Hauser has taken the bits of available knowledge about Mrs General Tom Thumb s life, and woven it into a fictionalized and highly entertaining story Apparently, the actual autobiography read like a travelogue and was a bit boring.At 32 full grown, Vinnie did not want to be defined by her size, wanted to make her own way in the world Unfortunately, there were few o [...]


    4. I love this book I remember seeing a picture of Mrs Tom Thumb, aka Mercy Lavina Warren Bump Stratton aka Vinnie, and wondering about her marriage Was she happy This was years ago Then when I saw this book, I had to know as much as possible.From the first page I was hooked, even though the book is 412 books long, it galloped along The I learned about Vinnie, the that I wanted to know I could not stop reading about her adventures, thoughts and feelings How can I do justice to this book in this r [...]


    5. Good historical fiction implants the desire within the reader to learn the facts that surround the narrative This book does not disappoint I finished this book a couple of weeks back and have been researching P.T Barnum and his Museum of Curiosities since I shelved the book I was completely unaware of Ms Benjamin and if you follow my reviews, which I was recently reminded, some do , few and far between though they may be you know about my reading difficulties I m not going to lie Weighing in at [...]


    6. If you flat out ask me, Do you like historical fiction I most likely will say no However, after reading this book and thinking about it, I d like to amend my answer to that question by saying that it depends on the topic That being said, I ve also come to a realization that I like books about circuses and carnie folks I haven t read one here on , but if you look at my Shelfari, I have read several I ve read quite a few that have PT Barnum as a character This book is about Lavinia or Vinnie, who [...]


    7. Size matters in this world, just as it mattered in the world of Lavinia Warren Bump, better known as Mrs General Tom Thumb She was a normal sized baby when she was born, but after a few years she simply quit growing, due most likely to a pituitary condition that would have been easily treated in modern days She was less than three feet tall, and a younger sister was even smaller.Before I go any further, let me suggest that you do NOT read anything about Lavinia before reading this book I looked [...]


    8. I received an Advanced Reader s Copy of this from in exchange for an honest review.The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb by Melanie BenjaminFrom the back of the book A two foot, eight inch tall dynamo, Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump lived a remarkable life that reaches out to us than a century later Taken under the wing of the immortal impresario P.T Barnum, married to the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, she charmed riverboat gamblers and bewitched the rich and powerful [...]


    9. Knowing just a tad about the wife of Tom Thumb was incentive to want to read The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin Fiction I knew from the outset that I would be grappling with what was fact and what was the creativity of the author I listened to several interviews with Ms Benjamin and also read internet resources about Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump Stratton to try to distinguish between the two I believe Ms Benjamin did a great job of striking a balance between what is known and wh [...]


    10. I don t think that one character has made me feel such a range of emotions as Vinnie, the main character in this book has In the beginning of the book, I was thinking, YOU GO, GIRL Way to not let the size of your body stop you from fulfilling your dreams But then for 2 3 of the book, I didn t like her at all thinking that she was arrogant, heartless and snobbye says on page 256, That was it, pure and simple my life was onstage, next to my husband, either reenacting a pretend wedding ceremony or [...]


    11. This is an entertaining novel about a colorful historical figure however, it doesn t rise much above average and it has a couple of unfortunate flaws.Lavinia Vinnie Warren was a pre Civil War celebrity less than three feet tall as an adult, but dignified and ladylike, she made a career as an entertainer and married another little person, General Tom Thumb The real Lavinia s autobiography was an unfinished and apparently quite dull travelogue, mostly listing places she d been and people she d met [...]


    12. Lavinia Warren was only 32 inches high, but had ambitions that were not limited by her diminutive size She was a real person, popularly known as Mrs General Tom Thumb the wife of P T Barnum s famous oddity In the midst of Civil War, their wedding was front page news They were received by Queen Victoria, Abraham Lincoln, and heads of state around the world They were befriended by the Astors, Vanderbilts and other high society families They were the Brad and Angelina of their day, mobbed by crowd [...]


    13. Enchanting, engaging, moving, and beautiful These are just a few words which can amply describe The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb and that was only by page 27 The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb instantly grabs 110% of your attention with vivid imagery, bright descriptions, emotional currents, and a strong plot without the usual fictional fluff A coming of age story, depicting self acceptance and growth The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb is a traditional theme and yet far from it and much magic [...]


    14. Even though I had heard her stage name and seen her picture, I had no idea who Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump was Author Melanie Benjamin uses historical records to give us a rather well written fictionalized autobiography of Vinnie as she is known to family and friends Her story can t be told without being intertwined with the very famous Phineas T Barnum and an American public wanting to be entertained Even though she was diminutive in stature only 32 inches tall , Lavinia Bump wanted something so [...]


    15. Find this and other reviews at flashlightcommentary.Several months ago, I stumbled over a documentary entitled The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz The broadcast centers on the Ovitz family and after watching it, I went looking for a fictional account of their lives and experiences Unfortunately for me, their story has not yet inspired an author to put pen to paper, but by the time I discovered that fact, I was dead set on finding a book that featured a dwarf in the leading role which is what led to my [...]


    16. While I understand that this book is a historical NOVEL, I think Ms Benjamin would have been better served to write a novel about a fictional character It is obvious that there was very little actual historical information about Vinnie Bump Therefore, Ms Benjamin basically had to repeat herself over and over and over After the first hundred pages, I wanted to throw the book or burn it for kindling There are only so many ways to convey that Vinnie was a self absorbed person with no idea that her [...]


    17. I received this book from a GoodReads First Reads giveaway on an aggravated note I just wrote this whole thing and then the internet ate it last night so this version is going to be shorter Copy and paste before you click people This book was definitely not what I expected I was expecting of a fiction feel to it but I didn t get much of that The writing was vivid and clear so much so that I really did feel like I was in a different time I think that is important as many other historicals that I [...]


    18. This book was interesting only because of the protagonist Had this same book been written in the same style and about a normal woman, it would ve been terribly boring and slow.Mrs Tom Thumb s Vinnie Warren Bump s early life, life under PT Barnum s management, her marriage, and the very end of the book are the most interesting There are too many slow, dragging places in this book The story is told entirely through Vinnie s viewpoint, which would be okay, except the majority of it is in her head s [...]


    19. For fans of Alice I Have Been , author Melanie Benjamin s first novel, you are in for a real treat with her new novel, The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb In my humble opinion Ms Benjamin has shown a gift for choosing historical figures who have passed from the limelight and bringing their fascinating stories back to life in the enlightening and accessible form of the historical novel I had never heard of Mercy Lavinia Vinnie Warren Bump, the future wife of Charles Stratton General Tom Thumb , un [...]


    20. This was a very good book It is written as fiction based on the truth I wasn t even certain Tom Thomb was a real person let alone Mercy Lavinia Vinnie Warren Bump, later known as Mrs Tom Thumb It was also fascinating to learn about PT Barnum who on some level was Vinnie s true soul mate As the author wrote in the back of the book I believe that every novel is either a mystery, a tragedy or a love story some are all three and it became clear to me that this is a love story An unusual love story a [...]


    21. This is a novelization about Mrs Tom Thumb who stood 2 feet, 8 inches tall The novel is told in the first person, Vinnie s Mrs TT and just as the title says, like an autobiography I was completely charmed by this little two foot narrator even though she isn t perfect She is strong, determined, prideful and ashamed both, arrogant, selfish, and yet also extremely loving Throughout the novel, she does wrong and she does right, just like everyone else and her narrative is very honest.Branded one of [...]


    22. This isn t really an autobiography, but fictionalized history told from the POV of Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump Vinnie who later married and became Mrs Charles Stratton, AKA Tom Thumb These were real people famous in show business, touring the world and performing before presidents and royalty While they were brought into show business because of their stature they were little people they elevated themselves above the sideshow acts so common in those days and were stage performers who sang and danc [...]


    23. Although I don t usually enjoy speculative fictionalized biographies, this book was an exception Melanie Benjamin takes the little we know about Mrs Tom Thumb, Lavinia Stratton, gleaned from her actual autobiography and other ambiguous sources, and creates an interesting and believable character Benjamin also gives us an interesting and well written story and evokes a fascinating time period.I enjoyed this than Alice I Have Been, and it s always nice to see a writer exceeding previous works I l [...]


    24. What an amazing story about an amazing woman little or not her family tragedies, her hopes and dreams Her relationship with her sister, her husband and her love for Barnum What an amazing life she led.


    25. In her painfully shallow novel The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb, Melanie Benjamin proves herself to be an author s equivalent of an art tracer She takes what already exists and creates though I use the term rather loosely by the addition of words to a page a watered down, sterile, lifeless version of the real thing Then she convinces her audience that it s just as good as the original A con artist P.T Barnum would be proud.The most ironic joke of the whole piece is Benjamin s title The Autobio [...]


    26. The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb, by Melanie Benjamin, is a very engaging historical novel based on the true life story of one Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump, born on October 31, 1841 in Middleboro, Massachusetts As the title suggests, it is written in the first person, from the perspective of the woman known at first as Lavinia Warren, and then as Mrs Tom Thumb.Warren was born into a loving family, but was determined to make her own way, and so embarked on the intriguing adventure that was to be h [...]


    27. It gave me real pleasure to be the first person to Like Lavinia Warren on Facebook.Vinnie would have been posting like mad and collecting friends like a fiend because her sense of self promotion was sure and timely Born to a middle class Massachussetts family, proportional dwarfism caused her to grow to 2 8 A younger sister did not even make it that far, and so they were indeed well proportioned tiny people in a family of strapping farmers Vinnie became a teacher but realized that she was destin [...]


    28. I m in awe Magnificent, transcending, captivating awe The autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb is serendipitously superb in the best and worst heartfelt ways It s akin to a hauntingly beautiful wanderlust fairytale though real as real can be Based on extensive research into the eccentric life of Lavinia Warren Stratton one of few perfectly formed people in miniature of the 1880 s Melanie Benjamin has masterfully created a fictionalized biography as entertaining and fascinating as it is enlightening It [...]


    29. I really liked Melanie Benjamin s fresh take on Alice Lidell of ALICE IN WONDERLAND fame in ALICE I HAVE BEEN and I loved THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MRS TOM THUMB even It reminded me of something you d read as a kid that totally succeeds in bringing a historical era to life like LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE or Gwen Bristow s JUBILEE TRAIL Mrs Tom Thumb or Mercy Lavinia Vinnie Warren Bump is an unforgettable character and you become fascinated by seeing the world from her unique viewpoint as one of the [...]


    30. A disclaimer before you read further I ve only read the first half of this book about 200 some pages so I m not working with all of the content, and you could quite justifiably claim that discounts my opinion I understood from the get go that this was a highly fictionalized account but I found it rather dull and predictable The historical details here and there were interesting, but the characters were all 1 dimensional Even Vinnie herself We re never privy to any questions or doubts For someone [...]


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