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The True History of the Elephant Man: The Definitive Account of the Tragic and Extraordinary Life of Joseph Carey Merrick

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Due to horrible physical deformities, he spent much of his life as a fair-ground freak. He was hounded, persecuted, and starving, until his fortune changed and he was rescued, housed, and fed by the distinguished surgeon, Frederick Treves. The subject of several books, a Broadway hit, and a film, Joseph Merrick has become part of popular mythology. Here, in this fully revised edition containing much fresh information, are the true and unromanticized facts of his life.
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Due to horrible physical deformities, he spent much of his life as a fair-ground freak. He was hounded, persecuted, and starving, until his fortune changed and he was rescued, housed, and fed by the distinguished surgeon, Frederick Treves. The subject of several books, a Broadway hit, and a film, Joseph Merrick has become part of popular mythology. Here, in this fully revised edition containing much fresh information, are the true and unromanticized facts of his life.
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In the mid 1880s, a patient admitted to the London Hospital in Whitechapel caught the imagination of the public. He was a horribly deformed man named Joseph Merrick, who suffered from severe multiple neurofibromatosis. The disease made portions of his body grow freakishly; hence, he was called the "elephant man" in sideshows, where he was exhibited before coming to the attention of doctors. Roughly a century later, Merrick again caught the public eye when his story was brought to film and Broadway. This revised edition of the 1980 original contains a more factual account of Merrick's life, including updated information about him and his condition. The text is capped with numerous photographs of the players, including some startling prints of Merrick while alive and of his deformed skeleton after death. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781602397361
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 326,593
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Ford served as a national serviceman in the Royal Artillery in Malaya before working as an editor and writer. He lives in England.

Michael Howell was a distinguished doctor before his death in 1986.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
Preface and Acknowledgements
1 'The Great Freak of Nature - Half-a-Man and Half-an-Elephant' 1
2 On the Threshold of Eminence 14
3 A Living Specimen 22
4 A Parade of Elephants and Early Griefs 32
5 The Mercy of the Parish 47
6 The Silver King 65
7 A Travelling Life 79
8 Come Safely into Harbour 91
9 'Such a Gentle, Kindly Man, Poor Thing!' 109
10 What Was the Matter with Joseph Merrick? 127
11 The Burden Falls Away 140
12 The Figure in Time's Fabric 153
Appendix One: The Autobiography of Joseph Carey Merrick 173
Appendix Two: The Elephant Man, amplified from an account published in the British Medical Journal 176
Appendix Three: 'The Elephant Man' 181
Bibliography 201
Index 207
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