When I Am Dead : The Writings of George M. Teegarden

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When I Am Dead : The Writings of George M. Teegarden by Luczak, Raymond, 9781563683480
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  • ISBN: 9781563683480 | 1563683482
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/15/2007

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The Sixth Volume in the Gallaudet Classics in Deaf Studies Series George M. Teegarden (1852-1936) taught at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf for 48 years, established the printing department, and also served as the first editor of the schoolrs"s magazine. Despite these significant contributions, his greatest gift to deaf people was his skill as a writer and poet who was deaf, as readers will discover inWhen I Am Dead: The Writings of George M. Teegarden. Editor Raymond Luczak selected Teegardenrs"s prose inWhen I Am Deadfrom several books, includingRaindrop, andStories, Old and New. Noting that these stories were never written for hearing readers, Luczak marvels at Teegardenrs"s ability to write English prose that the ASL-familiar reader would find incredibly easy to transliterate. By employing a rich blend of original stories and revisions of fables and myths, Teegarden taught his students the importance of improving their reading and writing skills to outfit them "for the battle of life." He produced a body of work that Luczak characterizes as "a breath of fresh air: quick, painless, and usually told with a sense of wonder." Luczakrs"s choice of poems came from Teegardenrs"s self-published volumeVagrant Verses, a summation of his affection for Gallaudet College, the Deaf community, and all deaf people. The eponymous poem "When I Am Dead" articulates concisely the beliefs that directed Teegardenrs"s life of service: "When I am dead, I hope to be Remembered-this is true- Not for my wit or vanities But what I did for you."

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