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Louis Braille : a touch of genius

Author: C Michael Mellor
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : National Braille Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius is the first ever, full-color biography to include thirty-one of his extant letters, some written by his own hand, and translated into English for the first time. Three great men were born in the early weeks of 1809: Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, and Louis Braille. Only one has remained virtually unknown the man who invented a means of reading and writing still used today in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Louis Braille; Louis Braille; Louis Braille; Louis Braille
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: C Michael Mellor
ISBN: 0939173700 9780939173709
OCLC Number: 62133676
Description: xi, 133 p. : col. ill. ; 24 x 29 cm.
Contents: Home --
Coupvray --
Valentin Haüy --
School life --
Braille code --
Teacher --
Music --
Dot-matrix printing --
Braille banned --
Global braille --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: by C. Michael Mellor.
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Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius is the first ever, full-color biography to include thirty-one of his extant letters, some written by his own hand, and translated into English for the first time. Three great men were born in the early weeks of 1809: Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, and Louis Braille. Only one has remained virtually unknown the man who invented a means of reading and writing still used today in almost every country in the world, adapted to almost every known language from Albanian to Zulu. Born sighted, Louis Braille accidentally blinded himself at the age of 3. He was lucky enough to be sent to a school for blind children in Paris, one of the first in the world. There, at the age of sixteen, he worked tirelessly on a revolutionary system of finger reading that became braille. He was a talented musician, astute businessman, and genius inventor collaborating with another Frenchman to invent the first dot-matrix printer around 1840.

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