Monday, June 30, 2003
Five Classic Bestsellers Now Available in
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
Theatre of the Deaf; and
Cognition, Education, and Deafness: Directions for Research
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. Armstrong’s
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.
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
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
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