Summerfield, FL (Vocus) October 7, 2010
After his fifth birthday and a severe bout of spinal meningitis, author Mervin D. Garretson found himself completely and irrevocably deaf. Now, approaching his twilight years, he believes it’s time for more deaf people to share their perceptions and actual life experiences. In his engrossing memoir, My Yesterdays: In a Changing World of the Deaf, he tells his story.
He is a totally deaf guy who grew up in wonderful silence, in a world within a world, at a time when the Empire State and Chrysler buildings soared up into the sky. He has survived through periods of language oppression and waves of paternalism to a much brighter world of today.
This account chronicles his experiences as a young child, a husband and father, a deaf educator and leader, along with commentaries on the reality of deafness, its controversies, culture, history, remembered Gallaudet University presidents, and other well-known people in the field of hearing loss. To make for intrusions, the author adds snatches of his favorite songs and poems whose lines intermingle with his life story; for this story is filled with the sound of music—music the author cannot hear.
More than just an autobiography, My Yesterdays: In a Changing World of the Deaf also contains bits of information about deafness through the ages that can be useful for students and other readers who may not be familiar with the evolution of teaching the deaf.
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About the Author
Born into a cattle ranching family in northern Wyoming, Merv Garretson became totally deaf from spinal meningitis at the age of five. After attending the Colorado School for the Deaf in Colorado Springs, he received his BA from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, followed by a MA from the University of Wyoming and doctoral studies in English at the University of Maryland. He also has honorary doctorates from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and his alma mater, Gallaudet.
He began his professional career as a teacher, then principal, college professor, and administrative assistant to four successive presidents of Gallaudet University. He has edited seven books (monographs) on deafness for the National Association of the Deaf and has published a book of poetry, words from a deaf child. As an advocate for the rights of deaf people, he has served on various boards of national and international associations, including the National Association of the Deaf and the World Federation of the Deaf.
Now residing in north central Florida, he and his wife, Carol, have five daughters.
My Yesterdays * by Mervin D. Garretson
In a Changing World of the Deaf
Publication Date: October 4, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 236 pages; 978-1-4535-6761-6
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