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Louis Braille : a touch of genius

Author: C Michael Mellor
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : National Braille Press, 2006.
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"In the early weeks of 1809, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, and Louis Braille were born. These three remarkable men would lend their brilliance to a century of great change and innovation, but only one escaped fame in his lifetime. Louis Braille was born sighted, and accidentally blinded himself at the age of three. He was fortunate to be sent to Paris to board at one of the world's first schools for blind  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Juvenile literature
Biographies
Biography Juvenile literature
Named Person: Louis Braille; Louis Braille; 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 pages : color illustrations ; 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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"In the early weeks of 1809, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, and Louis Braille were born. These three remarkable men would lend their brilliance to a century of great change and innovation, but only one escaped fame in his lifetime. Louis Braille was born sighted, and accidentally blinded himself at the age of three. He was fortunate to be sent to Paris to board at one of the world's first schools for blind children. There, at the age of 12, he began to work tirelessly on a revolutionary system of reading and writing by touch. Braille's passion to improve life for "my fellows in misfortune" was the driving force behind his creation of a code of raised dots that gave blind people the gift of literacy for the first time, whether they speak French, Chinese, or Urdu. His collaboration on the invention of the raphigraphe, a precursor to the dot-matrix printer, is further testimony to his creativity and innovativeness. Drawing on primary sources that sort fact from fiction, Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius is the first ever full-color biography to include 31 never before-translated letters, some written by Braille's own hand. An extraordinary collection of documents, photographs, and artistic works enhances the bibliographic narrative of the phases of Braille's life--as a child and student, talented musician, beloved teacher, astute businessman, and genius inventor."--Jacket.

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