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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 school’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 in When I Am Dead: The Writings of George M. Teegarden. Editor Raymond Luczak selected Teegarden’s prose in When I Am Dead from several books, including Raindrop, and Stories, Old and New. Noting that these stories were never written for hearing readers, Luczak marvels at Teegarden’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.” Luczak’s choice of poems came from Teegarden’s self-published volume Vagrant 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 Teegarden’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.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. The Slimmest of Evidence
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  1. Part One: Stories
  2. p. 17
  1. Horned Toads
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  1. Gusky
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  1. A Kind Dog
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  1. Playing with Powder
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  1. A Bad Cat
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  1. A Little Spartan
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  1. A Strange Accident
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  1. Dangerous Coasting
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  1. History Lessons
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  1. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
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  1. A Ring of Ill-Omen
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  1. Benjamin Franklin
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  1. Venice
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  1. Memorial Address for Rev. John G. Brown, D. D.
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  1. Aaron Burr’s Daughter
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  1. Life Lessons
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  1. The Fox
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  1. The Boy and His Stomach
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  1. The Lark and the Young Ones
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  1. The Grateful Dog
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  1. Boys and Monkeys
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  1. The Miller and His Donkey
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  1. Two Kittens
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  1. Rudely Awakened
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  1. Borrowed Plumes
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  1. The Gentleman and the Banana Peel
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  1. Absent-Minded
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  1. Animal Stories
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  1. Molly and the Canary
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  1. Fight with an Owl
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  1. The Bird and the Snake
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  1. “Hiram’s Cow”
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  1. The Tiger’s Bath
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  1. A Huntress
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  1. The Stork and the Dog
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  1. The Lion and the Spaniel
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  1. Saved by Sheep
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  1. Elenore and Nero
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  1. The Monkey and the Sugar
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  1. The Toad, The Snake, and the Tramp
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  1. Retellings
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  1. Lady Jane of Lorn
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  1. Echo
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  1. Arachne
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  1. Vanlander and Amilias
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  1. The Lady of the Lawn
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  1. Issa
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  1. People Stories
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  1. The Ugly Aunt
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  1. The Maid of the Inn
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  1. Three Little Ones and the Giants
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  1. Yellow Hair and Blue Eyes
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  1. Dining-Room Talk
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  1. Father Pumpkin
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  1. The Youth and the Northwind
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  1. Alice
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  1. Ginevra
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  1. A Cuban Amazon
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  1. Four Brothers
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  1. Uncle Sam
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  1. Personal Notes
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  1. Missive to Alice (1912)
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  1. My Connection with and My Activities at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
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  1. A Pleasant Summer Trip
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  1. Part Two: Poems
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  1. On the Lakes
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  1. Memories
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  1. En Reverie
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  1. The Blue Jay
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  1. The Boy of Ten
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  1. Gallaudet College
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  1. As They Pass By
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  1. Kitty-Cat, Puss
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  1. Questionnaire
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  1. Hallowe’en
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  1. Anna Niblock Rankin
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  1. Busy Bees
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  1. The Workman
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  1. Flowers of Spring
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  1. Our Alice (1906)
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  1. Rhymes for a Party
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  1. Gotham
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  1. To the City Toiler
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  1. The Clovers
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  1. Song Silence
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  1. The “NAD”
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  1. On Leaving “The Birches”
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  1. Spook-Night
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  1. Sir Robin’s Inspection
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  1. The Memory Window
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  1. When I Am Dead
  2. pp. 163-164
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  1. Sources
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  1. About the Editor
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781563683879
Print ISBN
9781563683480
MARC Record
OCLC
608508067
Pages
180
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
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