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Love, Wrath, Death, Lions: A Coney Island Love Story: The Dark and Tumultuous Lives of Frank & Susannah Bostock
Morbid Anatomy Museum
Brooklyn, NY
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Love, Wrath, Death, Lions: A Coney Island Love Story: The Dark and Tumultuous Lives of Frank & Susannah Bostock
Date: Wednesday, November 9th
Time: 7pm
Admission: $8
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn NY

From a small caravan menagerie traveling through the UK in 1887, to the founding of Coney Island Dreamland Tower in 1904 and becoming the Lion King of America, this talk will explore the fascinating and shadowy history of the famous circus couple, Frank and Susannah Bostock. Frank and Susannah came to New York City in 1898 to become one of the founding families of Coney Island. Scouring through archives, press clippings, Frank's autobiography and various contemporary accounts, a picture develops of a dark and twisted romance that spanned the globe with police arrests, mistresses, dark secrets, lion maulings, jewelry theft, and a missing finger.

Romany Reagan is a final-year PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her thesis centers around performing heritage and artistic interactions with heritage sites, specifically through the medium of audio walks exploring mourning heritage in Abney Park Cemetery in London. Romany has written a performed history audio walk of the lives of Frank and Susannah Bostock that winds through Abney Park Cemetery, where the couple are buried. Areas of interest encompass: psychogeography, mourning practices, The Good Death, anachronistic space, theatre archaeology, heterotopias, gothic sensibility, liminal spaces, human geography, the uncanny and the Victorian Cult of the Dead.  Her walk Crossing Paths/Different Worlds in Abney Park Cemetery was published in Ways to Wander (Triarchy Press, 2015)

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Morbid Anatomy Museum (View)
424 A Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
United States

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