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The Elephant Man

Author : Ashley Montagu
ISBN : 0925417416
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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?The Elephant Man? has touched the hearts and imaginations of readers since the day his name was first mentioned in the mass media, in a letter to the editor of The Times of London in 1886. For a number of years Joseph Merrick, who was terribly deformed due to a genetic disorder, earned his living by being exhibited as a curiosity in traveling freak shows. He was billed as ?The Great Freak of Nature! Half a Man & Half an Elephant.? Merrick was rescued from his demeaning occupation by Frederick Treves, the head surgeon at the London Hospital. Treves took him in, befriended him, helped to make a permanent home for him in the hospital, and generally treated him like a human being rather than an animal. And in the course of this humane treatment, Merrick?s personality was radically transformed ? from that of a frightened, withdrawn, inarticulate creature into that of a cordial, conversant, gentle human being. Treves never did understand how such a transformation was possible ? particularly since he assumed that Merrick had been abandoned by his mother at an early age and had led a life of near total deprivation. It was a mystery to him. And it remained a mystery to the public at large for the better part of a century, until the question was addressed by anthropologist Ashley Montagu, whose first book on the Elephant Man appeared in 1971. Now, in this Third Edition of The Elephant Man, Dr. Montagu defines and solves the mystery surrounding Joseph Merrick?s personality in a clearer, more definitive fashion than ever before.How could this poor creature turn out to be such a kind, gentle, even refined person after being subjected to so much tribulation? Montagu explains: ?The answer can almost certainly be found, more than anywhere else, in the person of Mary Jane Merrick, his mother, and in the loving manner in which she reared and nurtured him.? Montagu?s new writings in this Third Edition deal with ? indeed, they celebrate ? the supreme importance of a mother?s love for her child. They recognize and pay tribute to the role that mothers everywhere play in the creation and development of whole, healthy, loving human beings. And they bring new meaning and understanding to the old adage, ?The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.?
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Elephant Man

Author : Bernard Pomerance
ISBN : 9780802196019
Genre : Drama
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"The Elephant Man" is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, who has been a freak attraction in traveling side shows, is found abandoned and helpless and is admitted for observation to Whitechapel, a prestigious London hospital. Under the care of a famous young doctor, who educates him and introduces him to London society, Merrick changes from a sensational object of pity to the urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati. But his belief that he can become a man like any other is a dream never to be realized.
Category: Drama

The Elephant Man

Author : Christine Sparks
ISBN : 9780307804501
Genre : Fiction
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John Merrick had lived for more than twenty years imprisoned in a body that condemned him to a miserable life in the workhouse and to humiliation as a circus sideshow freak. But beneath that tragic exterior, within that enormous and deformed head, thrived the soul of a poet, the heart of a dreamer, the longings of a man. Based on the extraordinary motion picture that captured the heart of America.
Category: Fiction

Making The Elephant Man

Author : Jonathan Sanger
ISBN : 9781476627311
Genre : Performing Arts
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The true story of John (Joseph) Merrick—a.k.a. the Elephant Man—has captured the imagination of generations of audiences, critics, actors and filmmakers. In 1978, producer Jonathan Sanger received a screenplay from two unknown writers about a hideously disfigured man who refused to fall victim to despair and instead exemplified human dignity. Reading it (twice), Sanger was determined that Merrick’s story would be told. This book is Sanger’s unvarnished first-person account of how The Elephant Man (1980) was made. His adventure in filmmaking—itself a study in triumph over despair—involved special effects nightmares, scheduling conflicts, location issues and many risky decisions. Assembling a team that included Mel Brooks (executive producer), David Lynch (director) and actors John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins, Sanger persevered in making this inspiring, award-winning film.
Category: Performing Arts

You Re The Elephant Man

Author : Frank Kinsey Evans
ISBN : 9780595125005
Genre : Nature
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This book is a series of vignettes about my life in the wild animal business. It brings the reader into the mind of the people who are responsible for caring and maintaining all of the wild animals in captivity today. It illustrates the many emotions which come into play when one deals with wild animals, some of whom can be dangerous. It lets the reader experience those emotions whithout incurring the risk.
Category: Nature

The True History Of The Elephant Man

Author : Peter Ford
ISBN : 9781626367722
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Due to horrible physical deformities, he spent much of his life as a fair-ground freak. He was hounded, persecuted, and starving, until his fortune changed and he was rescued, housed, and fed by the distinguished surgeon, Frederick Treves. The subject of several books, a Broadway hit, and a film, Joseph Merrick has become part of popular mythology. Here, in this fully revised edition containing much fresh information, are the true and unromanticized facts of his life.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The True History Of The Elephant Man

Author : Peter Ford
ISBN : 9780749040499
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Joseph Carey Merrick, born in Leicester on 5th August 1852, is better known as the Elephant Man. Through horrible physical deformities which were almost impossible to describe, he spent much of his life exhibited as a fairground freak until even nineteenth-century sensibilities could take no more. Hounded, persecuted and starving, he ended up one day at Liverpool Street Station where he was rescued, housed and fed by the distinguished surgeon Frederick Treves. To Treves' surprise, he discovered during the course of their friendship that lurking beneath the mass of Merrick's corrupting flesh lived a spirit that was as courageous as it had been tortured, and a nature as gentle and dignified as it had been deprived and tormented. The subject of several books, a Broadway hit, and a film, Joseph Merrick has become a part of popular mythology. Here, in this fully revised edition containing much fresh information, are the true and unromanticised facts of his life. An extraordinary and moving story, set amongst the brutal realities of the Victorian world, telling of a tragic individual and his survival against overwhelming odds.
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The Elephant Man Level 1 Oxford Bookworms Library

Author : Tim Vicary
ISBN : 9780194787222
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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A level 1 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Written for Learners of English by Tim Vicary. He is not beautiful. His mother does not want him, children run away from him. People laugh at him, and call him 'The Elephant Man'. Then someone speaks to him - and listens to him! At the age of 27, Joseph Merrick finds a friend for the first time in his life. This is a true and tragic story. It is also a famous film.
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The Elephant Man

Author : Tim Vicary
ISBN : 0194232557
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He is not beautiful. His mother does not want him, children run away from him. People laugh at him, and call him 'The Elephant Man'. Then someone speaks to him and– and listens to him! At the age of 27, Joseph Merrick finds a friend for the first time in his life. This is a true and tragic story. It is also a famous film.
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