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The Extraordinary Life of Anna Swan by Anne Renaud

Finalist for The QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature in 2013


Anna Swan was born at Millbrook Colchester Co., NS on August 6, 1846. When Anna was three years old the family moved to Central New Annan. At 17 years of age she was 7-feet- 11 1/2 inches tall and weighed 413 lbs, and attracted the interest of showman Phineas T. Barnum. She was billed as “The tallest girl in the world” at his American Museum on Broadway, and she later travelled throughout America and Europe where she was received by Queen Victoria. She married Martin Van Buren Bates in 1871 and died in Seville Ohio, in 1888. Hailed as the pride of Nova Scotia, Anna continues to be acclaimed as a woman who, despite her unusual and challenging physical attributes, rose above adversity to lead a life of love, happiness and great accomplishments.

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978-1897009994 10:1897009992

Cape Breton University Press

Sydney, Nova Scotia