By Raymond Luczak
The 6th quantity within the Gallaudet Classics in Deaf reviews Series
George M. Teegarden (1852-1936) taught on the Western Pennsylvania university for the Deaf for forty eight years, validated 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 observe in When i'm lifeless: The Writings of George M. Teegarden.
Editor Raymond Luczak chosen Teegarden’s prose in When i'm Dead from a number of books, together with Raindrop, and Stories, outdated and New. Noting that those tales have been by no means written for listening to readers, Luczak marvels at Teegarden’s skill to write down English prose that the ASL-familiar reader might locate quite effortless to transliterate. by way of making use of a wealthy mixture of unique tales and revisions of fables and myths, Teegarden taught his scholars the significance of bettering their interpreting and writing talents to outfit them “for the conflict of life.” He produced a physique of labor that Luczak characterizes as “a breath of clean air: speedy, painless, and typically instructed with a feeling of wonder.”
Luczak’s number 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 lifeless” articulates concisely the ideals that directed Teegarden’s lifetime of service:
“When i'm useless, i am hoping to be
Remembered—this is true—
no longer for my wit or vanities
yet what I did for you.”
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