The Wonders: The Extraordinary Circus Performers Who Transformed The Victorian Age
by John Woolf
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Fame and exploitation in the Victorian Age
On March 23, 1844, General Tom Thumb, just 25 inches tall, entered Buckingham Palace and bowed low to Queen Victoria. On both sides of the Atlantic, this meeting marked a tipping point in the nineteenth century, and the age of the freak was born.
Bewitching all levels of society, it was a world of astonishing spectacle—of dwarfs, giants, bearded ladies, and swaggering showmen. But the real stories of the performing men and women have been forgotten in the histories of the very people who exploited them.
In this richly evocative account, John Woolf uses a wealth of recently discovered material to bring to life the sometimes tragic, sometimes triumphant, always extraordinary stories of the first international celebrities.
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|Release Date:||November 5, 2019|