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The Elephant Man, a Study in Human Dignity [signed]

Montagu, Ashley

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ISBN 10: 0876900376 / ISBN 13: 9780876900376
Published by Outerbridge & Dienstfrey, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1971
Condition: Very Good Plus Hardcover
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x, 140 pages; blue paper with orange spine titles; tan endpapers; signed by author in blue felt pen to front free endpaper; black & white plates and illustrations; black & white pictorial dust jacket, not price-clipped, now in protective plastic; minor sunning to extremities of boards; some crinkling to extremities of jacket, with light rubbing and other blemishes; a very good plus copy in a very good minus jacket; solid example of this study of John Merrick and "the possible light [his case] could throw on human nature and personality development" (from the jacket flap). Bookseller Inventory # X00875

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Title: The Elephant Man, a Study in Human Dignity [...

Publisher: Outerbridge & Dienstfrey, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good Plus

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Minus

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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The Elephant Man is a 138-page softcover book whose first edition inspired the movie and the Tony Award-winning play by the same name. This fascinating story, which has touched the hearts of readers throughout the world for over a century, is now complete with the publication of this, the Third Edition. Illustrated with photos and drawings of The Elephant Man.

About the Author:

ASHLEY MONTAGU, internationally renowned anthropologist and social biologist, has spent a lifetime examining and exposing some of the most widely held myths concerning humankind. Born 28 June, 1905 in London, he came to the United States in 1927 to begin graduate studies at Columbia University in New York. He taught anatomy and anthropology at New York University in the 1930s, received a Ph.D in anthropology in 1937 at Columbia, and was professor of anthropology and chairman of the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University from 1949 to 1955. He also taught at Harvard, Princeton and the University of California at Santa Barbara. In a prolific book-writing career that has spanned six decades, Montagu has ventured into the controversial areas of race, child-rearing and relations between the sexes. Against a solid background of scientific evidence, he has shown the theory of racial superiority to be fallacious, has dismantled the notion that man is naturally superior to woman, and has been emphatic about the tremendous importance of proper child-rearing, socially, biologically and psychologically. The Natural Superiority of Women (1953), The Elephant Man (1971), Touching (1987), Man's Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race (1971), and The Human Connection (1979) are among his best-known books. Others include On Being Human (1950), Life Before Birth (1964), Immortality, Religion and Morals (1971), The Nature of Human Aggression (1976), and The American Way of Life (1967). Dr. Montagu was the principal officer responsible for drawing up the UNESCO Statement on Race, the director of the Department of Child Growth and Development at New York University, the director of the New Jersey Commission for Physical Health and Development, and one of the scientists who drew up the bill for the formation of the National Science Foundation. Current Biography points out: "During the 1950s Montagu was perhaps the best-known anthropologist and one of the most popular university professors in the United States."

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