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Lessons in Laughter
The Autobiography of a Deaf Actor

Bernard Bragg
as signed to Eugene Bergman

Now in Paperback!

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  $34.50t print edition
$34.50 e-book

“It is through his deafness that we hear his story.”

The New York Times Book Review

“His memoir has a universal appeal.”

Library Journal

“The richness and variety found in signing and in the Deaf culture permeates his montage of stories.”

Publishers Weekly

To succeed as an actor is a rare feat. To succeed as a deaf actor is nothing short of amazing. Lessons in Laughter is the story of Bernard Bragg and his astonishing lifelong achievements in the performing arts.

       Born deaf of deaf parents, 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. He starred in his own television show “The Quiet Man,” helped found The National Theatre of the Deaf, and traveled worldwide to teach his acting methods.

Bernard Bragg, former artist-in-residence at Gallaudet University, continues to perform and teach worldwide.

Eugene Bergman is a former associate professor of English at Gallaudet University.

Print Edition: ISBN 978-1-56368-139-4, 6 x 9 paperback, 237 pages, photographs


E-Book: ISBN 978-1-56368-217-9


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