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The Tiger That Swallowed the Boy Exotic Animals in Victorian England,9781907471711

The Tiger That Swallowed the Boy Exotic Animals in Victorian England

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1/1/2013
Publisher(s): Libri Publishing
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Looking at zoological gardens, private menageries, circuses, and natural history museums, this fascinating account explores the surprising extent of the exotic animal trade in 19th-century England and its colonies. Filled with entertaining anecdotesfrom the tiger that prowled down St. George's Street in London with a boy in its mouth and the polar bear that killed a dog in Liverpool to the kangaroos hopping around the lawns of stately homes and the boa constrictor who got loose in Tunbridge Wellsthis book also shares how the animals played a key role in the project to ensure that leisure was educational. As it demonstrates how the trade was intimately connected with the tides of Empire, it will be of interest to academics and general readers alike.

Author Biography

John Simons is the executive dean of arts at Macquarie University and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Zoological Society of London. He is a board member of the Council of Australasian Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and of the Council for Humanities the Arts and Social Sciences. He is the author of Animal Rights and the Politics of Literary Representation and Rossetti’s Wombat.

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