Julia Pastrana by Christopher Hals Gylseth
The Tragic Story of the Victorian Ape Woman

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In a dusty corner of 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 19th century, this "ape woman" was renowned, 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 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, so many years after she first set foot upon the stage, Julia is still being shown to others. The exhibition goes on.

About Christopher Hals Gylseth

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Christopher Hals Gylseth (1965) is mag art in History of Ideas, and works as journalist. He has written two biographies, Ovre Richter Frich (1997) and Thorbjorn Egner (2000). Lars O. Toverud (1968) works as a researcher for documentary programmes etc at NRK, the national broadcasting company of Norway.
Published January 1, 2001 by The History Press. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Additionally, embellished narration of events, like her obscure birth in rural Mexico, and imagined conversations (Julia supposedly""beamingly accepted"" Lent's marriage proposal) further detract from the book's credibility.

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