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The lives of dwarfs : their journey from public curiosity toward social liberation

Author: Betty M Adelson
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Now, for the first time, in this comprehensive volume, the lives of dwarfs are explored in all their fullness and humanity." "Spanning the centuries from ancient Egypt to the present, this unique social history chronicles the various ways this population has been exploited, describes their strategies for coping, and notes the persistent influence of mythology upon perceptions of them by others. The narrative also  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Betty M Adelson
ISBN: 0813535484 9780813535487
OCLC Number: 55981420
Description: xxiv, 431 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: I: The past: social constraints and the struggle to cope --
History from ancient Egypt through the Nazi era --
Biographies of eminent dwarfs --
II: The transition: confronting mockery, myth, and medical mysteries --
Stigma --
Mythology --
Anthropology --
Medical aspects --
III: The cultural mirror: images of dwarfs in the arts --
Art --
Literature --
Theater, film, and television --
Music --
IV: Lives today: transforming destiny --
Lives today.
Responsibility: Betty M. Adelson ; foreword by Julie Rotta.
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The Lives of Dwarfs is extraordinary in its range and vision. Beautifully written. Totally absorbing. - Ursula Hegi, author of Stones from the River

 
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