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The True Tale of a Giantess: The Story of Anna Swan


When Anna Swan was born in Nova Scotia in 1846, people for miles around chattered about her. Because even when she was small, Anna was tremendously tall! At four years old, she was higher than a rain barrel. At six, she was taller than her mother, and by ten she towered over her father. Anna grew up feeling like she poked and bulged and jutted out for all sorts of spaces, never quite fitting into her small country life. Then, at the age of seventeen, Anna moved to New York City to be part of P.T. Barnum's Gallery of Wonders, and her life changed forever. Anna Swan lived an inspiring life as big as she was, filled with fame, wealth, world travel, and true love.