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Independent Vision: Dorothy Harrison Eustis and the Story of the Seeing Eye (New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond)

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Mention the words “Seeing Eye,” and most people will associate them with guide dogs for the blind and partially sighted. Mention the name “Dorothy Harrison Eustis,” and most people will not recognize it, even though she is the woman responsible for founding The Seeing Eye, the first guide dog school in the United States. Since its inception eighty years ago, The Seeing Eye has trained thousands of people who are visually impaired to use guide dogs. The success of the program has spawned guide dog schools across the country and around the world, and the concept has been further expanded to include service dogs for people with other kinds of disabilities. Drawing on correspondence, private papers, and newspaper accounts of the day, Miriam Ascarelli chronicles the life of Dorothy Harrison Eustis revealing both a driven woman and a very private person who shunned media coverage of herself but actively courted it for her organization.

Book News Annotation:

This is a biography of Dorothy Harrison Eustis(1886-1946), founder of The Seeing Eye, the first guide dog school in the United States. The work relies on newspaper articles, family correspondence, speeches, and Eustis's personal papers to describe a life of philanthropy and dog training. Organized chronologically into fifteen short chapters, the volume covers Eustis's Philadelphia childhood, private school education, two marriages, motherhood, move to Switzerland, foundation of The Seeing Eye, and eventual death from breast cancer in 1946. The work contains numerous black and white photographs. This biography will appeal to a general audience interested in the history of guide dogs and twentieth century philanthropy. Ascarelli teaches Humanities at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Miriam Ascarelli is a lecturer in the Humanities Department at New Jersey Institute of Technology. She worked for many years as a journalist at various newspapers in New Jersey and in the Midwest. Her freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, New Jersey Monthly, and on FSB.com, the Web site for Fortune Small Business.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781557535634
Publisher:
Purdue University Press
Subject:
Handicapped
Author:
Ascarelli, Miriam
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
Biography-Humanitarians
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
124
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.38 in 0.5 lb

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