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Five Classic Bestsellers Now Available in Softcover

The Press is happy to announce the reissue of five of its critically acclaimed books in new paperback formats: Deaf History Unveiled: Interpretations from the New Scholarship; Original Signs: Gesture, Sign, and the Sources of Language; Lessons in Laughter: The Autobiography of a Deaf Actor; Pictures in the Air: The Story of the National Theatre of the Deaf; and Cognition, Education, and Deafness: Directions for Research and Instruction.

Deaf History Unveiled, the provocative collection of essays edited by John Vickrey Van Cleve, provides answers to questions such as, how is the experience of Deaf people similar to that of African-Americans? And, how did Deaf people establish the education, employment, and social structures that would ensure the prosperity of their community? The essays include work by Harlan Lane, Renate Fischer, Margret Winzer, William McCagg, and other noted historians in this field.

In the search for the origin of language, David F. Armstrongs Original Signs embraces the Darwinian concept of natural selection and extends it to apply to the formation of language. Armstrong further explores the influences of Plato and Descartes on modern linguistics, and delineates the theories of earlier anthropological linguists Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf, who thought of language as natural experiments connected to individual cultures.

Lessons in Laughter is the story of Bernard Bragg, who was born deaf of deaf parents, and his astonishing lifelong achievements in the performing arts. Bernard Bragg has won international renown as an actor, director, playwright, and lecturer. Lessons in Laughter recounts in stories that are humorous, painful, touching, and outrageous, the growth of his dream of using the beauty of sign language to act.

Pictures in the Air tells of the success of a small group of theater professionals in starting the National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD), an institution renowned throughout the world. Author Stephen Baldwin traces the vital work of Edna Levine, the early involvement of Anne Bancroft, and the stagecraft of Gene Lasko and Arthur Penn. Vivid photographs illustrate how a startling new venture grew into an artistic repertory company treasured worldwide.

Cognition, Education, and Deafness: Directions for Research and Instruction, edited by David S. Martin, integrates the work of 54 contributors to the 1984 symposium on cognition, education, and deafness. It focuses on cognition and deaf students growth and development, problem-solving strategies, thinking processes, language development, reading methodology, measurement of potential, and intervention programs.

Although each of these titles has already made an indelible mark upon its respective discipline, the new editions ensure these timeless classics will continue to be read for years to come. Click on the images to read more about the books, and order each of these titles at your exclusive subscriber discount rate of 20% off the regular price.


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