BEAUTY FOR THE SIGHTED AND THE BLIND by Allen Eaton

BEAUTY FOR THE SIGHTED AND THE BLIND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This book has a dual purpose- to indicate the importance of touch as an approach to widening the margins of the blind, and to establish through the ""mutual enjoyment of beauty"" greater communication between the sighted and the blind. Mr. Eaton, who has spent many years in this field working- more particularly-towards establishing collections of objects of beauty which the blind can identify and enjoy- discusses this approach to aesthetics in general, and shows how organizations, museums, etc. can work towards this end. There is one chapter devoted to the accomplishments of a few men showing how blindness need not limit its victims. Francis Burdett, without help, built a 2(apple) storey house; Joseph McDonagh became a farmer; John Urich a minister; others a Supreme Court Judge, an electronics engineer, etc. With a special consideration of communication with the deaf-blind as well, this discussion is aimed toward extending the vision of those who work with the blind as well as indicating the wide areas of aesthetic appreciation which can and should be made available to those who are sightless.

Pub Date: Nov. 20th, 1959
Publisher: St. Martin's Press