9781590201435-1590201434-The Ballad of Blind Tom, Slave Pianist

The Ballad of Blind Tom, Slave Pianist

ISBN-13: 9781590201435
ISBN-10: 1590201434
Edition: 1
Author: Deirdre O'Connell
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: Overlook Hardcover
Format: Hardcover 272 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781590201435
ISBN-10: 1590201434
Edition: 1
Author: Deirdre O'Connell
Publication date: 2009
Publisher: Overlook Hardcover
Format: Hardcover 272 pages

Summary

Acknowledged author Deirdre O'Connell wrote The Ballad of Blind Tom, Slave Pianist comprising 272 pages back in 2009. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1590201434 and 9781590201435. Since then The Ballad of Blind Tom, Slave Pianist textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.00 or rent at the marketplace.

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The true story of a black musical savant in the era of slavery.

Born into slavery in Georgia, Tom Wiggins died an international celebrity in New York in 1908. His life was one of the most bizarre and moving episodes in American history. Born blind and autistic-and so unable to work with other slaves-Tom was left to his own devices. He was mesmerized by the music of the family's young daughters, and by the time he was four Tom was playing tunes on the piano.

Eventually freed from slavery, Wiggins, or "Blind Tom" as he was called, toured the country and the world playing for celebrities like Mark Twain and the Queen of England and dazzling audiences everywhere. One part genius and one part novelty act, Blind Tom embodied contradictions-a star and a freak, freed from slavery but still the property of his white guardian. His life offers a window into the culture of celebrity and racism at the turn of the twentieth century.

In this rollicking and heartrending book, O'Connell takes us through the life (and three separate deaths) of Blind Tom Wiggins, restoring to the modern reader this unusual yet quintessentially American life.

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