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The Resource How I became a human being : a disabled man's quest for independence, Mark O'Brien with Gillian Kendall

How I became a human being : a disabled man's quest for independence, Mark O'Brien with Gillian Kendall

Label
How I became a human being : a disabled man's quest for independence
Title
How I became a human being
Title remainder
a disabled man's quest for independence
Statement of responsibility
Mark O'Brien with Gillian Kendall
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"September 1955. Six-year-old Mark O'Brien moved his arms and legs for the last time. He came out of a thirty-day coma to find himself enclosed from the neck down in an iron lung, the machine in which he would live for much of the rest of his life." "How I Became a Human Being is Mark O'Brien's account of his struggles to lead an independent life despite a lifelong disability. In 1955, he contracted polio and became permanently paralyzed from the neck down. O'Brien describes his childhood without the use of his limbs, his adolescence struggling with physical rehabilitation and suffering the bureaucracy of hospitals and institutions, and his adult life as an independent student and writer. Despite his weak physical state, O'Brien attended graduate school, explored his sexuality, fell in love, published poetry, and worked as a journalist. A determined writer, O'Brien used a mouthstick to type each word." "O'Brien's story does not beg for sympathy. It is rather a day-to-day account of his reality - the life he crafted and maintained with a good mind, hired attendants, decent legislation for disabled people in California, and support from the University of California at Berkeley. He describes the ways in which a paralyzed person takes care of the body, mind, and heart. What mattered most was his writing, the people he loved, his belief in God, and his belief in himself."--Jacket
Member of
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-1999
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
O'Brien, Mark
Dewey number
  • 362.1/96835/0092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
RM930.5.U6
LC item number
O24 2003
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Kendall, Gillian
Series statement
Wisconsin studies in autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • O'Brien, Mark
  • People with disabilities
Label
How I became a human being : a disabled man's quest for independence, Mark O'Brien with Gillian Kendall
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/fy036/2002010451.html
Instantiates
Publication
Contents
Dependent -- Dorchester (1949-1955) -- Polio (1955-1957) -- Stoughton (1957-1966) -- The move (January-April 1966) -- Sacramento (1966-1976) -- Kaiser (September 1976) -- Fairmont (September 1976-September 1978) -- Independent 00 Year one (September 1978-June 1979) -- English major (June 1979-December 1980) -- Fiat lux (January 1981-June 1982) -- Graduate school (July 1982-June 1983) -- A Berkeley life (June 1983-July 1991) -- The sex surrogate (1985) -- Poet and journalist (circa 1983-1995) -- The blue terror (July-August 1991) -- Afterword (August 1991-May 1997)
Control code
ocm50143657
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 263 p.
Isbn
9780299184346
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2002010451
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 317950
  • (OCoLC)50143657
Label
How I became a human being : a disabled man's quest for independence, Mark O'Brien with Gillian Kendall
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/fy036/2002010451.html
Publication
Contents
Dependent -- Dorchester (1949-1955) -- Polio (1955-1957) -- Stoughton (1957-1966) -- The move (January-April 1966) -- Sacramento (1966-1976) -- Kaiser (September 1976) -- Fairmont (September 1976-September 1978) -- Independent 00 Year one (September 1978-June 1979) -- English major (June 1979-December 1980) -- Fiat lux (January 1981-June 1982) -- Graduate school (July 1982-June 1983) -- A Berkeley life (June 1983-July 1991) -- The sex surrogate (1985) -- Poet and journalist (circa 1983-1995) -- The blue terror (July-August 1991) -- Afterword (August 1991-May 1997)
Control code
ocm50143657
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 263 p.
Isbn
9780299184346
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2002010451
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 317950
  • (OCoLC)50143657

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