Julia Pastrana

Julia Pastrana : The Tragic Story of the Victorian Ape Woman

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In a dusty corner at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in norway lie the remains of Julia Pastrana, half hidden in a black plastic sack, all but forgotten. Yet in the middle of the nineteeth century, this 'ape woman' was renowed, visited by scientists of international repute, and drawing the populace of three continents to the freakshows in which she starred. just 4ft 6in tall, she was covered in hair, with a protruding jaw; but she also spoke several languages, married, had a child, made money. This is the compelling and strange story of how a woman born in the backwoods of Mexico came to be one of the most infamous women in Europe and America and how, nearly 150 years after she first set foot upon the stage, Julia is still being shown to others. The exhibition goes on.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • The History Press Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • 0752474286
  • 9780752474281