Keep Your Head Up, Mr. Putnam"" (Harper, 1952) was the account of the author's experiences at The Seeing Eye and with his...

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CAST OFF THE DARKNESS

Keep Your Head Up, Mr. Putnam"" (Harper, 1952) was the account of the author's experiences at The Seeing Eye and with his guide dog, Minnie, following blindness caused by an ""accident"". This is the amplified examination of that ""accident"" which is here disclosed as a suicide attempt:- the reasons for it and the metamorphosis that occurred during his convalescence which brought him from utter negation to a fighting affirmation of his ""newfound love for life"". From rejection of the idea of blindness to tolerance for and acceptance of it, from impatience to discipline and training, this records his response and the turning points of the early months, follows his recognition too of the tools available -- guide dog, Braille, talking books -- for his return to Princeton to complete his college course, and explores the world without eyes he came to know. Durinda, whom he married, his work for his M.A. and Ph.D., skiing, teaching and writing and the birth of his children all add to the sum of his life to date and present a picture of handicaps surmounted and challenges faced in honest and open reporting which should prove helpful, inspiring for others, afflicted or no.

Pub Date: Aug. 8, 1957

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Page Count: -

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1957