Queen of the Air brings the circus world to life through the story of trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, the most famous woman in the world at the turn of the 20th century. Like some of today's stars, she was known to her vast public by just one name. Born into Dickensian circumstances, Leitzel became a princess and then a queen. At just four-foot-ten and less than 100 pounds, she was the biggest star ever of the biggest circus ever, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Leitzel had many suitors (and three husbands), but only one man ever fully captured her heart: Alfredo Codona, the greatest trapeze flyer that had ever lived, the only performer of his time to execute the deadliest of all big-top feats, The Triple--which took the lives of more daredevils than any other circus stunt. When Leitzel and Alfredo died, each tragically, the heyday of the Big Top came to an end.--From publisher description. The life and career of circus star Lillian Leitzel.