Joseph Carey Merrick, born in England on August 5, 1862, is better known as The Elephant Man. Through horrible physical deformities which were almost impossible to describe, he spent much of his life exhibited as a fairground freak until even nineteenth-century sensibilities could take no more. Hounded, persecuted and starving, he ended up at London’s Liverpool Street Station where he was rescued, housed and fed by the distinguished surgeon Frederick Treves. To Treves’ surprise, he discovered during the course of their friendship that lurking beneath the mass of Merrick's corrupting flesh lived a spirit that was as courageous as it had been tortured, and a nature as gentle and dignified as it had been deprived and tormented. 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 new details, are the true and unromantic facts of his life. This is an extraordinary and moving story, set among the brutal realities of the Victorian world, telling of a tragic individual and his survival against overwhelming odds.
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About the Author
Peter Ford has been involved in publishing for many years as an editor and freelance writer and set up his own successful consulting business. He is particularly interested in the world of entertainment and is the co-author of several biographies, including the life of the famous comedian, Max Wall. Michael Howell and Peter Ford began their successful collaborative partnership during the research into Joseph Merrick, and went on to write together a reworking of the story for children and an anthology of medical detective stories.
- Publisher : Allison & Busby; New edition (January 22, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 247 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0749005165
- ISBN-13 : 978-0749005160
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.75 x 7.75 inches