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Hubert's Freaks: The Rare Book Dealer, the Times Square Talker, and the Lost Photos of Diane Arbus
 
 
Author
Gregory Gibson.
Publisher Harcourt  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.6 x 5.75 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780151012336
Pages/Publication Date 274/2008
Daedalus Item Code 03453
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Description
Bob Langmuir is an obsessive dealer with a remarkable eye for treasure. He makes the find of a lifetime when he chances upon a trove of undiscovered prints by photographer Diane Arbus in a trunk of memorabilia from the long-shuttered Times Square attraction Hubert's Dime Museum and Flea Circus. Not only is this a priceless artistic record from a pivotal chapter in Arbus's development, Langmuir realizes, it's valuable historical evidence of what Greil Marcus called the "old weird America." But Langmuir also knows big scores have a habit of going south for him, and this unexpectedly gripping account reveals his long struggle to acquire, authenticate, and promote the prints while peering into the mind of a driven man.

"Hubert's Freaks will fascinate those among us who are stimulated by the richness and variety of American subcultures. I devoured it."—Larry McMurtry

"Gibson has written a panoramic story that takes in sideshow culture, Diane Arbus, African American social history, the image market as it ranges from foreclosure sales to Chelsea galleries, and much more. Its principal focus, however, is one man's life—his dreams and ambitions and delusions and dashed hopes—and that is what makes the book uncommonly moving, utterly engrossing."—Luc Sante

 
 
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