Ólöf the Eskimo Lady: A Biography of an Icelandic Dwarf in America



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by Inga Dora Bjornsdottir. Published by University of Michigan Press, 2010. First edition, first printing. Hardcover, cloth. 236pp. Illustrated. Fine in Fine dust jacket.

“Ólöf Krarer may be one of America’s most effective impostors of the twentieth century. Born in Iceland in 1858, she moved to the United States at age nineteen. Because she was a dwarf, the only job she could get was as the “wife” in a dwarf couple at a circus. It wasn’t long before she fabricated a new life for herself, as an Inuit Eskimo from Greenland.”