Learn about Bridgeport's Tom Thumb during library talk

Author Eric. D. Lehman will give a presentation on “Becoming Tom Thumb: The New Evidence” on Sunday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Stratford Library, 2203 Main St., Stratford. The event is free and open to the public.

Lehman, a University of Bridgeport literature and creative writing professor, has just published a book about the showman entitled “Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity.”

Despite being one of the most popular celebrities of the 19th century, little has been written about Tom Thumb. Lehman’s book recounts the amazing true story of Tom Thumb, with help from new sources, according to publicity material.

The 25-inch-tall Charles Stratton was promoted by P.T. Barnum, entertaining such dignitaries as Queen Victoria, Abraham Lincoln and Charles Dickens.

Known as “General Tom Thumb,” Stratton played to sold-out shows around the world for almost 40 years, according to publicity material. He lived from 1838 to 1883.

The Tom Thumb biography by Lehman recently was published by Wesleyan University Press. Autographed copies will be available for purchase after the library talk.

About the author

Lehman’s previous books include “Literary Connecticut,” “A History of Connecticut Food” and “Bridgeport: Tales from the Park City.” His essays, reviews, poems and stories have been published in dozens of journals and magazines.

Learn more about the author at www.EricDLehman.org.

The presentation is part of the Stratford Library’s monthly “Sunday Afternoon Talks” series, which take place in the Lovell Room. For details call the library’s Public Relations and Programming Office at 203-385-4162 or go to www.stratfordlibrary.org.