Queen of the Air

Queen of the Air

A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus

Book - 2013
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The life and career of circus star Lillian Leitzel.
Queen of the Air brings the circus world to life through the story of trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, the most famous woman in the world at the turn of the 20th century. Like some of today's stars, she was known to her vast public by just one name. Born into Dickensian circumstances, Leitzel became a princess and then a queen. At just four-foot-ten and less than 100 pounds, she was the biggest star ever of the biggest circus ever, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Leitzel had many suitors (and three husbands), but only one man ever fully captured her heart: Alfredo Codona, the greatest trapeze flyer that had ever lived, the only performer of his time to execute the deadliest of all big-top feats, The Triple--which took the lives of more daredevils than any other circus stunt. When Leitzel and Alfredo died, each tragically, the heyday of the Big Top came to an end.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, ©2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307986566
Branch Call Number: 791.34 L5339q 2013
Characteristics: 327 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Aug 27, 2013

Fascinating story. The tragic story of Leitzel's coming into the world will haunt me forever. I felt like I was transported into the old world, though majority of the story takes place on the American continent.


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