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Author Gitter, Elisabeth, 1945-

Title The imprisoned guest : Samuel Howe and Laura Bridgman, the original deaf-blind girl / Elisabeth Gitter.

Publication Info. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001.


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  92 BRIDGMAN, LAU    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description x, 341 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [295]-326) and index.
Contents Laura -- Chevalier -- Institutions -- Mind -- Found -- Awakening -- Angel -- Second acts -- Sea changes -- Teachers and teaching -- Attachments -- Lamentations -- Legacies -- Revisions -- Epilogue: Passing.
Summary In 1837, Samuel Gridley Howe, director of Boston's Perkins Institution for the Blind, heard about a bright, deaf-blind seven year old, the daughter of New Hampshire farmers. At once he resolved to rescue her from the darkness and silence of the tomb, and indeed, thanks to Howe and an extraordinary group of female teachers, Laura Bridgman learned to finger-spell, to read raised letters, and to write legibly and even eloquently. Philosophers, poets, educators, theologians, and early psychologists hailed Laura as a moral inspiration and a living laboratory for the most controversial ideas of the day. She quickly became a major tourist attraction, and many influential writers and reformers visited her or wrote about her. But as the Civil War loomed and her girlish appeal faded, the public began to lose interest. By the time Laura died in 1889, she had been wholly eclipsed by the prettier, more ingratiating Helen Keller. The Imprisoned Guest retrieves Laura Bridgman's forgotten life, placing it in the context of nineteenth-century American social, intellectual, and cultural history. Her troubling, tumultuous relationship with Howe, who rode Laura's achievements to his own fame, but could not cope with the intense, demanding adult she became, sheds light on the contradictory attitudes of a progressive era, in which we can find some precursors of our own.
Subject Bridgman, Laura Dewey, 1829-1889.
Howe, S. G. (Samuel Gridley), 1801-1876.
Bridgman, Laura Dewey, 1829-1889.
Howe, S. G. (Samuel Gridley), 1801-1876.
Deafblind women -- United States -- Biography.
Teachers of deafblind people -- United States -- Biography.
People with visual disabilities -- United States -- Biography.
Persons With Hearing Impairments -- United States -- Biography.
Teaching -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 0374117381 alkaline paper
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