What Is Visible

What Is Visible

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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A vividly original literary novel based on the astounding true-life story of Laura Bridgman, the first deaf and blind person who learned language and blazed a trail for Helen Keller. At age two, Laura Bridgman lost four of her five senses to scarlet fever. At age seven, she was taken to Perkins Institute in Boston to determine if a child so terribly afflicted could be taught. At age twelve, Charles Dickens declared her his prime interest for visiting America. And by age twenty, she was considered the nineteenth century's second most famous woman, having mastered language and charmed the world with her brilliance. Not since The Diving Bell and the Butterfly has a book proven so profoundly moving in illuminating the challenges of living in a completely unique inner world. With Laura-by turns mischievous, temperamental, and witty-as the book's primary narrator, the fascinating kaleidoscope of characters includes the founder of Perkins Institute, Samuel Gridley Howe, with whom she was in love; his wife, the glamorous Julia Ward Howe, a renowned writer, abolitionist, and suffragist; Laura's beloved teacher, who married a missionary and died insane from syphilis; an Irish orphan with whom Laura had a tumultuous affair; Annie Sullivan; and even the young Helen Keller.
Publisher: [New York] : Hachette Audio, [2014]
ISBN: 9781478930952
1478930950
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file) : digital
Additional Contributors: Howarth, Joanne - Narrator

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Sep 14, 2017

I found this a very plausible portrait of a woman who although well known in the 19th century, was virtually unknown in the 20th century and today. As with all my favorite historical fiction, I learned several new things that deepen my understanding of the period in a much more enjoyable way than simply memorizing names & dates. Highly recommended! :)

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