The Ballad of Cousin Elvira


Elvira Snodgrass didn’t want to farm. She wanted to fight! Read the incredible tale of the scufflin’ hillbilly turned glamour girl who terrorized fans, rivals, and refs for more than a decade, Elvira Snodgrass!

6 in stock


In the golden age of grappling, the ladies took a back seat to no one. Champion Mildred Burke worked the main event every night for nearly two decades. Throughout the 1940s, no one pushed the champ to the limit quite like Elvira Snodgrass.

A redheaded firebrand from Varnado, Louisiana, Gutherine Fuller left the farm life behind for the glitz and glam of the squared circle. As Elvira Snodgrass, she catapulted to fame alongside Burke and the other queens of the ring. Elvira won the fans over with her “aw shucks” demeanor and scufflin’ style. Then she broke their hearts, transforming into  rule-breaking heel who would do anything to win.

Once lost to history because of her early death, the tale of Elvira Snodgrass is a rollicking ride through one of the most exciting eras in professional wrestling and the inspirational journey of a fiercely independent woman. From her surprise early title win as Betty Nichols to the tragic car accident that ended her career, you’ve got a ringside seat to rediscover one of the biggest and brashest stars of the 1940s. Just remember to stay in your seat and keep your hands to yourself. This is one lady you do not want to cross!

Number of pages: 120

Books are signed by author John Cosper.

Additional information

Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 6 × .3 × 9 in