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

By Raymond Luczak

The 6th quantity within the Gallaudet Classics in Deaf stories sequence George M. Teegarden (1852-1936) taught on the Western Pennsylvania institution for the Deaf for forty eight years, proven the printing division, and likewise served because the first editor of the school’s journal. regardless of those major contributions, his maximum present to deaf humans was once his ability as a author and poet who used to be deaf, as readers will notice in while i'm useless: The Writings of George M. Teegarden. Editor Raymond Luczak chosen Teegarden’s prose in while i'm useless from a number of books, together with Raindrop, and tales, outdated and New. Noting that those tales have been by no means written for listening to readers, Luczak marvels at Teegarden’s skill to jot down English prose that the ASL-familiar reader could locate awfully effortless to transliterate. by way of using a wealthy mixture of unique tales and revisions of fables and myths, Teegarden taught his scholars the significance of enhancing their studying and writing talents to outfit them “for the conflict of life.” He produced a physique of labor that Luczak characterizes as “a breath of unpolluted air: quickly, painless, and typically advised with a feeling of wonder.” Luczak’s collection of poems got here from Teegarden’s self-published quantity Vagrant Verses, a summation of his affection for Gallaudet collage, the Deaf group, and all deaf humans. The eponymous poem “When i'm useless” articulates concisely the ideals that directed Teegarden’s lifetime of carrier: “When i'm lifeless, i am hoping to be Remembered—this is right— no longer for my wit or vanities yet what I did for you.”

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He tended the store, filled the candle molds, and went on errands. He made himself useful but he did not like this kind of business. He wanted to do something that would help to improve his mind. He thought of running off to sea, but his father prevented it. At last he was apprenticed to learn the printing trade with his brother, James, who had a printing office in Boston. He liked printing because he could get more books and papers to read. He soon learned to write articles for the papers. Benjamin and his brother, James, did not agree very well together, so they parted and Benjamin went to New York to get work.

A  Life Lessons The Fox A fox, which had been caught young, was kept as a pet. He was kept chained up in the yard and became very tame. The children played with him. The watch dog gamboled with him and the chickens and geese did not fear him but came up and pecked at his food without fear. The fox did not even growl at them. The mistress thought the fox was very pretty. She thought it was cruel to keep him chained up all the time. She thought it would be safe to let him loose. So she unbuckled the collar and let him go free.

There are no rattling wagons and squeaky carts. People and goods are carried from place to place in boats called gondolas. These gondolas are very graceful and beautiful as they glide noiselessly along over the smooth water between the tall, stately houses. The houses open to the canals and the people step from their doors into the gondolas where they go any place. There are also narrow winding footpaths along the canals which are frequently crossed by graceful bridges. One of the bridges in Venice is called the Rialto.

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