The Wonders

The Wonders

Lifting the Curtain on the Freak Show, Circus and Victorian Age

Hardback384pp Illustrated232x150mm

9781782439936     Product Code: 509802

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On both sides of the Atlantic, the 19th-century public flocked to see dwarfs, giants, bearded ladies and other ‘freaks’. Drawing on recently discovered material, this book uncovers the stories of the individuals who were exploited and then marginalized in histories of the showmen. Through the lives of stars such as the conjoined twins Chang and Eng and ‘Queen Victoria’s pet’ Tom Thumb, it explores the birth of celebrity culture and our fascination with ‘otherness’.

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