David Waller’s brilliant biography of Eugen Sandow tells not only the story of this extraordinary celebrity, but also sets his life in the context of the heady days of late-Victorian society. The shadowy beginnings of Sandow’s life are revealed for the first time, and new insights given into his ignominious demise and the sex scandals that beset his final years. Waller examines the fin-de-siècle cult of physical fitness and notions of celebrity, which enabled a penniless Prussian strongman to become a multi-millionaire businessman.
A reading group guide is also included with suggested discussion points.
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