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The Imprisoned Guest: Samuel Howe and Laura Bridgman, The Original Deaf-Blind Girl By Elisabeth Gitter The Imprisoned Guest Samuel Howe and Laura Bridgman The Original Deaf Blind Girl In Samuel Gridley Howe the ambitious director of Boston s Perkins Institution for the Blind heard about Laura Bridgman a bright deaf blind seven year old the daughter of New Hampshire farmer
  • Title: The Imprisoned Guest: Samuel Howe and Laura Bridgman, The Original Deaf-Blind Girl
  • Author: Elisabeth Gitter
  • ISBN: 9780312420291
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Imprisoned Guest: Samuel Howe and Laura Bridgman, The Original Deaf-Blind Girl By Elisabeth Gitter In 1837, Samuel Gridley Howe, the ambitious director of Boston s Perkins Institution for the Blind, heard about Laura Bridgman, a bright deaf blind seven year old, the daughter of New Hampshire farmers He resolved to dazzle the world by rescuing her from the darkness and silence of the tomb And indeed, thanks to Howe and an extraordinary group of female teachers, LauraIn 1837, Samuel Gridley Howe, the ambitious director of Boston s Perkins Institution for the Blind, heard about Laura Bridgman, a bright deaf blind seven year old, the daughter of New Hampshire farmers He resolved to dazzle the world by rescuing her from the darkness and silence of the tomb And indeed, thanks to Howe and an extraordinary group of female teachers, Laura 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 Carlyle, Dickens, and Hawthorne among them 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 Helen Keller.The Imprisoned Guest recovers 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 her achievements to his own fame but could not cope with the intense, demanding adult she became, sheds light on the contradictory attitudes of a reform era in which we can find some precursors to our own.
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    1. Laura Bridgman, born in 1829, was the first deaf blind person to learn English This book tells of her life, and is also an interesting look at scientific and philosophical views in the mid 1800s and how these affected perceptions about language acquisition and personality development Laura s teacher was Samuel Howe, who viewed her primarily as a study subject Howe was an activist who was deeply committed to a wide range of causes, including care and education of the disabled He was also committe [...]


    2. The Imprisoned Guest provides a detailed account of Laura Bridgeman s life before arriving at Perkins School for the Blind in Boston as well as her life at Perkins The author also provides information regarding issues of importance during the mid 19th century that are related to education, disability rights, and others At times, the author became overly concerned with the facts of the historical topic under discussion, to the point that the main topic of the book, Laura s life, was overshadowed [...]


    3. Before Helen Keller, there was Laura Bridgeman, the first blind and deaf girl who learned not just to spell out words for objects, but to actually learn a language, to write in sentences not just in braille but to also put her thoughts down on paper with a pen This biography of her life, how she was taught, her family and their challenges with a child who lost her sight and hearing as a result of scarlet fever, and her relationship with Dr Samuel Howe, the man who rescued her and made her his li [...]


    4. I picked this up after reading and being both intrigued and disappointed by Kimberly Elkins novel What Is Visible The Imprisoned Guest is a factual biography of Laura Bridgman and her teacher and benefactor, Samuel Gridley Howe Elkins clearly drew on it heavily for her fictionalized story Unfortunately, it s overly dry and scholarly although it conveyed the essence of Bridgman s life and her relationship with Howe, it failed to inspire and sing I found it worthwhile if just to discern between re [...]


    5. I was thrilled to finally find a biography about Laura Bridgeman, however, this book disappointed on a variety of levels While it does give some insight into Laura s life prior to meeting Samuel Howe, it s difficult to follow The book almost seems to be about Samuel Howe than Laura herself and I found myself hunting through it to find Laura s story threads between Howe s larger than life portrayal It does give some interesting insights to Laura s life and personality, there are some wonderful i [...]


    6. The author does a wonderful job of explaining the worlds of Dr Howe and Laura One of my favorite things is the author s use of the word normal There is no instance of the word occuring without the quotation marks around it I hate the word normal I avoid using it whenever possible for a accurate alternative I took many classes in college in Disability Studies What I learned there turned me off to the word It was wonderful to see another person using the word like that.This book is an amazingly w [...]


    7. Story of Samuel Howe founder and director of the Perkins School for the Blind and Laura Bridgman Masterfully written account of two fascinating lives Much pedagogy of the deaf is included, especially the acquisition of language and the controversy of learning signing vs standard written language.The strange and ever changing relationship of Howe and Bridgman is discussed with good psychological profiles presented There is plenty of depth but it is easy to follow I probably enjoyed this so much b [...]


    8. Highly recommend Provides an interesting cross section of American history regarding disability, education, and gender I read this book after being disturbed by the fictionalized account of Laura s life in What is Visible I wanted to know factual information about her and her contemporaries, and I got information than I was initially looking for that I found very helpful and fascinating The final chapter provided a very thought provoking comparison with the education and achievements of Hellen [...]


    9. In order to better understand someone s life you must to some extent come to grips with the time period that life was lived in This is something the author is very sucessful at The sections of the book that deal with 19nth century societal attitudes toward the disabled ,are well done and very interesting.However I do agree with a previous reviewer who suggested that the book pays insufficient attention Laura Bridgman The figure of Samuel Howe very much overshadows her Still all in all a good boo [...]


    10. Fascinating account it is well researched and excellently contexualized within the historical period I also enjoyed Gitter s writing it s accessible and scholarly at the same time, much like Erik Larson s work If you have any interest in disability culture and history or want to know about Helen Keller s predecessor, check this book out


    11. This book provides a great deal of historical background on the Perkins Institute, the author does a great job examining the personalities of the main characters through their writings The book is a bit dry but provides an excellent overview about the beginnings of the Perkins Institute as well as the first attempts to educate the deaf blind in the US.


    12. Yet another of my fascinations obsessions are with Helen Keller who everybody knows and Laura Bridgman who most people do not I just loved this book, but make no assertions to being unbiased


    13. Definitely a good book for anyone interested in the life of Laura Bridgman, or in the life of Helen Keller and or Annie Sullivan Not that there s much about Helen and Annie in this book, but if you want to know about them, you should know about the woman who came before them.


    14. It takes some courage, and strong references, to say anything less than glowing about the education of Laura Bridgman Fortunately, Gitter has both A compelling narrative that challenges the reader to take, and change, sides often on what was best for Bridgman, and who was ultimately served.



    15. I probably would have found this book compelling if the editor had had a heavier hand The writing was a bit too academic for my taste.


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