Title: Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus
Author: Dean Jensen
Fun Fact: The circus could perform for as many as 2.5 million people in a year, meaning famous circus performers were probably the most seen celebrities in the US pre-television.
Review Summary: The era is fascinating, but the drama that made most of the story wasn’t very moving because of the unsympathetic main characters.
Although she began life as the daughter of a poor circus family, Leitzel’s skill as a trapeze artist catapulted her to world-wide fame. This allowed her to become something like circus royalty, making extreme demands of her managers and carrying on illicit affairs that would be grounds for dismissal in others. Her passionate affair with another exceptional trapeze artists, Alfredo Codona was one of the most dramatic events of her drama-filled life. Continue reading